The Chinese CoronaVac vaccine is being investigated in Brazil after a volunteer suffered “a serious accident”.
The president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, celebrated on Tuesday 10 November the suspension of clinical trials of the Chinese CoronaVac vaccine against covid-19 in his country, after a volunteer suffered “a serious accident”.
Researchers say it’s a non-vaccine-related death.
“Another one won by Jair Bolsonaro,” the president said on Facebook along with a link on the suspension, in response to an Internet user who asked if the government would buy and manufacture the vaccine in case the evidence – currently in step 3 prove it is effective and safe.
This Monday evening 9-N, the Brazilian Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa) announced that it “has decided to stop the clinical trial of the vaccine from the Sinovac laboratory after a serious accident” on 29 October.
Anvisa did not detail what happened, but Dimas Covas, director of the Butantan Institute (public body that coordinates the tests), said in an interview with TV Cultura that it is a “death not related to the vaccine”, for the which they asked Anvisa for an explanation, whose decision surprised them.
CoronaVac has been at the center of a political battle in Brazil between one of the country’s greatest defenders, the governor of São Paulo, Joao Doria, and Bolsonaro, his main political rival.
“This is the vaccine that Doria wanted to give mandatory to all of Sao Paulo”, added the president in his response to the Internet user.
The far-right president, who downplayed the severity of the pandemic and criticized the quarantine measures imposed in several states, referred to the Sinovac model as the vaccine from “that other country”.
Last month, Bolsonaro canceled a purchase contract for 46 million doses that had been announced by his own health minister.