Due to the shortage of COVID-19 vaccine, on the 17th local time, the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro announced the cessation of vaccination.
The Brazilian State Department of Health of Rio announced that the cessation of vaccination was limited to those who had not yet given the first dose of vaccine, and that the planned time of the second dose of vaccination would not be affected for those who had already had the first dose.
The Rio State Health Department expects that the latest batch of vaccines is expected to arrive in Brazil on the 23rd of this month.
On January 18, large-scale vaccinations began in Brazil, including Rio.
On February 17, Rio began to vaccinate the second dose of the coronavirus vaccine for medical workers on the front line of the pandemic.
In addition to Rio, other parts of Brazil have been forced to interrupt vaccination work in recent days due to shortages of coronavirus vaccine.