Nurse receives first vaccine dose in Brazil after health regulators gave emergency approval to two jabs

A nurse has received Brazil's first vaccine dose after health regulators gave emergency approval to two jabs.

Regulator, Anvisa, gave the green light to vaccines from Oxford-AstraZeneca and China's Sinovac, doses of which will be distributed among all 27 states.

Shortly after Anvisa's board gave emergency approval, Monica Calazans, a 54-year-old nurse in São Paulo, became the first person to be inoculated with CoronaVac.

Her vaccination was organized by the São Paulo state government, which is led by Mr. Bolsonaro's main political rival, João Doria.

Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello told reporters that the national vaccination program in the country of 211 million people would begin in earnest in the coming days. Two Brazilian biomedical centers that have been given the approval to produce the jabs will be heavily involved.

About six million doses of the Sinovac-developed CoronaVac have already been produced in Brazil, while the government is waiting for shipments of the AstraZeneca vaccine from a laboratory in India.

Brazil has the world's second-highest death toll from Covid-19, and cases are rising again across the country.

Authorities reported 551 new fatalities on Sunday, the first time in six days that it had fallen short of 1,000, although this could reflect a delay in the reporting of numbers over the weekend.

In all, more than 209,000 Covid-related deaths have been recorded in Brazil, a raw total figure only exceeded by the US.

Over 8.4 million infections have been confirmed since the start of the pandemic, the third highest tally in the world.

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Location: Brazil