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Brazil health regulator suspends use of 12 million Sinovac vaccine shots

Stock MarketsSep 04, 2021 06:40PM ET
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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: An employee handles vials containing CoronaVac, Sinovac Biotech's vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at Butantan biomedical center in Sao Paulo, Brazil January 12, 2021. REUTERS/Amanda Perobelli

By Nayara Figueiredo

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil's federal health regulator Anvisa on Saturday suspended the use of over 12 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine developed by China's Sinovac Biotech Ltd that were produced in an unauthorized plant, it said in a statement.

Anvisa said it was alerted on Friday by Sao Paulo's Butantan institute, a biomedical center that has partnered with Sinovac to locally fill and finish the vaccines, that 25 batches, or 12.1 million doses, sent to Brazil had been made in the plant.

"The manufacturing unit ... was not inspected and was not approved by Anvisa in the authorization of emergency use of the mentioned vaccine," the regulator said. The ban was "a precautionary measure to avoid exposing the population to possible imminent risk," it added.

Butantan also told Anvisa that another 17 batches, totaling 9 million doses, had been produced in the same plant, and were on their way to Brazil, the regulator said.

During the 90-day ban, Anvisa will seek to inspect the plant, and find out more about the security of the manufacturing process, it said.

During Brazil's vaccine rollout earlier this year, the vast majority of administered vaccines were from Sinovac. More shots from other manufacturers have since come online.

Brazil on Saturday reported 21,804 new coronavirus cases, and 692 COVID-19 deaths.

Brazil health regulator suspends use of 12 million Sinovac vaccine shots
 

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Ashlynn Thompson
Ashlynn Thompson Sep 06, 2021 9:30AM ET
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I would not trust any vaccine from China! i dont care if jesus himself approved it.
Millennial Metals
Millennial Metals Sep 04, 2021 10:31PM ET
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We dont need vaccines. Just go out and live your life. Ignore the media
Nordin Mohamad
Nordin Mohamad Sep 04, 2021 7:07PM ET
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well what do you expect thing coming from ccp just likel cv19 which is originated from ccp the useless group of people destroying the world...
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Stop blaming the CCP. it's the corrupt Brazilian government to blame else the plant would not have existed. Use your logic and common sense before labeling and blaming. If this is your thought process, a lot of people in this world will blame terrorism solely on religion. I am sure you will not agree to that.
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Ehm i bet he does
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Bat souppppp
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CCP the first discovered cv19. Origin should be US bcz the highest cases
 
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