Reuters AGUSTIN MARCARIAN
The Brazilian authorities have allocated more than 128 million dollars to purchase the Russian “Sputnik V” vaccine against the Corona virus, according to an official document published by the government.
The document did not specify a precise date for the delivery of the vaccine. It is indicated that the purchases will take place without announcing a tender.
On January 15, the Brazilian pharmaceutical company Uniao Quimica and the Russian Direct Investment Fund submitted a request to allow the use of the “Sputnik V” vaccine in Brazil.
The National Agency for Health Supervision in Brazil refused the registration application at the time, unless the third phase of clinical trials of the vaccine was conducted on the territory of Brazil, but it withdrew this claim at a later time.
The head of the Russian Fund for Direct Investments, Kirill Dmitriev, announced that the supply of the vaccine may start two weeks after the Brazilian national health authorities approve its use.