Brazil's Bolsonaro orders $360 mln to be set aside for AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine - (London South East via NewsPoints Desk)

  • Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro issued a decree that will set aside BRL 1.9 billion ($356 million) in funds to purchase and eventually produce a potential COVID-19 vaccine being developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University, as reported in London South East.

  • The country's acting health minister General Eduardo Pazuello suggested the vaccine could be available for Brazilians by December or January.

  • Pazuello said Brazil would initially receive 100 million doses, which would allow for the vaccination of half the country's population, and then produce the vaccine locally.

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