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Brazil Unveils Its Own Covid-19 Shot With Plans for July Rollout

  • Vaccine developed by Butantan, region’s largest manufacturer
  • Inoculation could be single dose, help low income countries
A healthcare worker administers the Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine in the Jardim Mitsutani favela of Sao Paulo, Brazil, on March 15.
A healthcare worker administers the Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine in the Jardim Mitsutani favela of Sao Paulo, Brazil, on March 15.Photographer: Victor Moriyama/Bloomberg

Brazil’s Butantan Institute has developed its own Covid-19 vaccine, which it plans to roll out in the coming months and offer to low income countries to help fight the pandemic.

Sao Paulo-based Butantan, which has partnered with China’s Sinovac Biotech Ltd. to produce the CoronaVac shot, will begin trials for its own vaccine -- dubbed the ButanVac -- with plans to have supplies ready by July, the institute’s director Dimas Covas said at a press conference on Friday.