Brazil’s first COVID-19 vaccine ready for human trials.

 

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On Friday, Brazil’s Butantan biomedical institute started human trials on a potential COVID-19 vaccine.The ButanVac vaccine, as it is being called, will be the first vaccine developed in Brazil. Sao Paulo Governor Joao Doriasaid that inoculations using this vaccine are expected to start in July this year, a very optimistic timeline, when most vaccines took around one year between creation to eventual use in countries.

The company charged in producing the vaccine, Butantan, is aiming to produce around 40 million doses till July, with the production starting in May. The governor is expecting 100 millon doses by the end of this year. Sao Paulo Governor Doria said that the vaccine will protect against the P1 variant that emerged from Manaus a few months ago, and is currently devastating Brazilian hospitals all around the country.

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