The Brazilian Ministry of Health signed a contract with the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) for the supply of 10 million doses of Sputnik V vaccine. This was announced by the Brazilian TV channel G1 with reference to the first deputy head of the ministry Elsio Franco.
Delivery will be made in three stages. By the end of April, Brazil will receive 400 thousand doses of the drug, at the end of May – another 2 million. The country will receive the remaining 7.6 million doses in June.
According to Franco, Sputnik V has not yet been approved by the national regulator (Anvisa), so for emergency use of the vaccine, official approval will still need to be obtained.
In addition, the authorities of several Brazilian states have announced that they are using their own delivery mechanisms for Sputnik V. In particular, the North-East region of the country announced that it will purchase almost 40 million doses of the Russian drug.