January 16th – According to Indian media, the Brazilian government has ordered 2 million doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine from the Serum Institute of India.
According to The Hindu on January 15, Brazil originally planned to send a special plane to India to transport the vaccine on the 15th, but the trip was temporarily suspended, and the Indian side refused to reply whether the Brazilian plane could obtain a flight permit.
It is reported that the Brazilian special plane was scheduled to fly to India on January 13 to transport 2 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine purchased by Brazil from India, and then news of the flight was postponed.
The Brazilian Ministry of Defense added in a statement that the special plane will be postponed to take off at 11:00 local time on January 15, but the take-off plan has been cancelled again.
Brazil’s Ministry of Health announced that the special plane was scheduled to transport 2 million doses of coronavirus vaccine back to Brazil on January 16, but was postponed due to the issue of “international logistics licensing”.
In a statement, the Brazilian Ministry of Health said that the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs maintains close contact with the Indian government through the embassy in New Delhi to ensure that the mission is carried out as planned and there are no obstacles to the export license of goods, and the Brazilian Air Force is also involved in the take-off, landing and transportation of aircraft.
Officials in New Delhi, India, said that Brazil’s special plane to transport India’s coronavirus vaccine was delayed due to problems in transportation clearance. The Indian Ministry of Foreign Affairs declined to comment on whether the Brazilian special plane can obtain a flight permit.
Asked when the vaccines produced in India would be exported to other countries, Anurag Srivastava, spokesman of the Indian Foreign Ministry, responded, “it is too early to say this.” Anurag Srivastava mentioned that India will start “the world’s largest vaccination program” on January 16, saying: “We are still evaluating the production schedule and feasibility of export vaccines, which may take some time.”
According to previous Indian media sources, Brazil has previously reached a vaccine purchase agreement with India, which will make Brazil the first country in the world to buy an Indian-made coronavirus vaccine.
According to the report, India also issued a special “preferential price” for Brazil, but the report did not specify the specific transaction amount of the order.