US to send 3 million Covid vaccines to Brazil where virus is killing thousands

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Brazil has suffered more than 500,000 deaths from coronavirus (Picture: Getty/Reuters)

The US will send three million doses of a Covid vaccine to Brazil where more than 2,000 people are still dying of the virus each day.

White House official have said doses of Johnson & Johnson’s one-shot jab will be shipped to the ravaged South American country, where at least 500,000 people have died from coronavirus.

The shipment to the country with the second highest Covid death toll in the world, behind the US, is part of the Biden administration’s pledge to donate 80 million vaccines to countries who need them most.

On Wednesday Brazil recorded 115,000 new cases and 2,392 deaths from Covid and authorities have only vaccinated 10% of the country’s 210 million person population.

Doctors and nurses, physiotherapists fight to save lives at the Intensive Care Unit of the Pedro Ernesto State Hospital, north of the city of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil on June 23, 2021 (Picture: Getty)
Gravediggers open new graves in Sao Paulo, Brazil, as coronavirus raged out of control in April (Picture:Reuters)

Scientific teams and regulators from both nations have organized the delivery of the Johnson & Johnson doses, which will depart Fort Lauderdale, in Florida, on a Thursday evening.

The donation of the doses comes after the government halted manufacturing of the Johnson & Johnson vaccines at a factory in Baltimore after production errors ruined at least 60 million doses.

The White House has allowed, however, for ten million doses that were made in the scandal-hit factory to be distributed to other countries.

June 5, 2021, SUNGNAM, GYEONGGI, SOUTH KOREA: June 5, 2021-Sungnam, South Korea-In this photos provided Defense Ministry photos. USA of J&J Vaccine arrives after transport at military air base in Sungnam, South Korea. More than 1 million doses of Johnson & Johnson's Janssen COVID-19 vaccine arrived in South Korea from the United States on Saturday in what Seoul and Washington officials touted as a sign of the two countries' robust alliance., Credit:Defense Ministry / Avalon

Three million doses of Johnson & Johnson’s Covid vaccine will be sent to Brazil on Thursday (Picture: Defense Ministry /Avalon)

Following concerns over vaccines made in the factory, officials have stressed the doses being sent to Brazil are safe, and they are a no-strings-attached gift to the government of president Jair Bolsonaro.

‘We are sharing these doses not to secure favors or extract concessions’, a White House official said.

‘Our vaccines do not come with strings attached. We are doing this with the singular objective of saving lives.’

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