Brazil will begin vaccination campaign against COVID-19 on Monday afternoon

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Nurse Monica Calazans, 54, receives the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine from nurse Jessica Pires de Camargo, 30, after Brazil’s health regulator Anvisa approved its emergency use, in the Hospital das Clinicas in Sao Paulo, Brazil. January 17, 2021. REUTERS / Amanda Perobelli

SAO PAULO, Jan 18 (Reuters) – Brazil’s Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello said the federal government will distribute all the doses of vaccines it has available to the country’s states starting Monday afternoon. Vaccination by states can begin at 5 pm (2000 GMT) on Monday, Pazuello said in a statement.

The states asked the government to advance the launch of the only available vaccine, CoronaVac, manufactured by Sinovac Biotech of China and imported by the Sao Paulo Butantan biomedical center.

(Reporting by Eduardo Simoes, written by Sabrina Valle; Edited in Spanish by Gabriela Donoso)

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