Millions of Brazilians have not received a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, defying the country’s official list of countries with the second-highest death toll from the disease. The New York Times reported.
As of June 1, Brazil’s 4.1 million people, or about 16 percent, were eligible for a second vaccination for various reasons.
One reason is because Brazil has seen delays in shipping vaccine materials from China, which are needed in production. Sinovac-CoronaVac in Brazil
Another reason is Some Brazilians believe they only need one shot of the vaccine to prevent COVID-19, however, the World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended both doses of the vaccine.
“Based on the available evidence, the WHO recommends the vaccine in adults aged 18 years and over in two divided doses spaced between two and four weeks,” the WHO said earlier this month.
A study in Chile found that vaccines Sinovac-CoronaVac One dose is 36 percent effective in preventing hospitalizations.
On June 19, Brazil passed a milestone with 500,000 deaths behind the United States. More than 600,000 people have died from COVID-19. Earlier this month, The Associated Press reported that only 11 percent of Brazilians were fully vaccinated.
In retaliation, the White House announced Wednesday it would deliver 3 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to Brazil the next day.
The rising number of deaths has prompted anti-government protesters to take to the streets to protest President Jair Bolsonaro’s handling of the coronavirus last year. “Little flu” and oppose disease control efforts According to the Guardian, he was also fined twice for failing to comply with concealment guidelines.
According to the Guardian report Bolsonaro is being investigated over the country’s handling of the epidemic.