A place of vaccination against Covid-19 to say the least unexpected. In northern Brazil, caregivers landed on the banks of the Rio Negro, in the heart of the Amazon, Tuesday, February 9. In this region of the state of Amazonas, near Manaus, they came to vaccinate elderly people in neighboring communities, further away from traditional vaccination sites.
Residents of the community by Nossa Senhora do Livramento received a dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine on Tuesday. Once arrived by boat, the caregivers walked to the homes of the residents concerned, to administer the product. Other inhabitants joined the boats of health personnel to be directly vaccinated there.
In this country very hard hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, with more than 9.6 million recorded cases and more than 230,000 deaths, four million people have been vaccinated at this stage. On Tuesday, dozens of companies and NGOs announced the launch of the movement Unidos pela Vacina (United for the vaccine), an initiative to speed up the vaccination campaign in Brazil. These organizations will not buy vaccines. Rather, they will offer their assistance to the Brazilian federal government, states and cities, to “overcome obstacles”, in particular logistics, to vaccination.
The movement’s goal is to immunize the entire population – or 212 million people – by September. A very ambitious will. At the current rate of the vaccination campaign, more than four years will be needed to immunize the entire Brazilian population, according to researchers.