Brazil plans to break a contract signed in March for the supply of 10 million doses of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine. According to Reuters, this was announced by the country’s Minister of Health Marcelo Keiroga.
According to him, this decision is due to overdue deadlines in the process of registration of the vaccine by the national regulator Anvisa.
Brazil’s immunization program does not need a Russian vaccine, although that could change if Anvisa licenses Sputnik V, Keyroga said.
An agreement on the procurement of Russian vaccines was concluded with the Brazilian pharmaceutical company Uniao Quimica, which also plans to manufacture the drug in the country for export to neighboring states.
But the contract required urgent approval from Anvisa, the process of obtaining which has stalled, since, according to the regulator, the company did not provide all the necessary data.
16 Brazilian states have requested import permits for Sputnik V. Anvisa approved these requests with a number of conditions, including national testing in Brazil. Only 4 states agreed to comply with these requirements.
Contracts for the supply of the Russian vaccine are disrupted around the world, primarily due to delays in the second component, writes BBC News.
Thus, Bolivia was to receive 5.2 million doses of Sputnik from Russia by the end of May. By the end of July, less than a quarter of this volume was delivered. By June 30, only 745 thousand doses had been received. In the twentieth of July, another 525 thousand were delivered, then it was reported that the arrival of a new batch of 200 thousand doses was delayed.
As a result, the authorities found themselves in a difficult situation: there is nothing to complete the vaccination of those who got Sputnik. The maximum allowable time for the introduction of the second component has already been postponed twice.
In late June, Amelia Flores, Guatemala’s health minister, asked Moscow to return the $ 79 million advance paid in April for the delivery of 16 million doses of Sputnik. According to the country’s government, only 150,000 doses had been delivered by the end of June.
After the minister’s statement, Russia sent 200 thousand doses of the vaccine to Guatemala, and soon another of the same batch arrived. The Russian Ambassador to Guatemala said that he would do everything possible to find a solution to the problem.