Brazil launches COVID-19 vaccination campaign at feet of Rio's iconic Christ the Redeemer

The Brazilian government launched a nationwide coronavirus vaccination campaign on Monday (January 18) under the iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro.

Footage shows the first vaccination of Rio citizens, two nurses, in front of the press, and a cheering audience.

The state of São Paulo began vaccinations on Sunday (January 17), bringing the immunisation campaign forward.

"The governors asked me to speed up the distribution as much as possible so that they could start vaccinating today," said Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello, who initially planned a simultaneous launch for all states on Wednesday.

Brazil has 6 million doses of Sinovac’s CoronaVac vaccine and is awaiting the arrival of 2 million doses of the vaccine made by AstraZeneca.

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Location: Brazil