Distribution of AstraZeneca should be normalized within a week, says Fiocruz | Rio de Janeiro

Vaccine distribution AstraZeneca it should be normalized between Tuesday (14) and Friday (17), according to the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz).

The problem was caused by the lack of raw material — the Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (IFA), which comes from China, arrived late.

Many municipalities in the state of Rio have a low stock of AstraZeneca and in some stations there is already a lack of immunizing agent, a consequence of the suspension of vaccine delivery in the last two weeks.

Wanted by G1, Fiocruz said that there was a “increase in global demand for inputs used in the production of vaccines, which is reflected in some supply difficulties”. He also said that the foundation has worked with suppliers and partner companies to maintain its schedule and that currently the supply is normalized.

Since August 16, the State Department of Health has authorized the use of Pfizer if the second dose of AstraZeneca is missing. The Ministry of Health also gave the approval.

The municipality of Rio was the first to adopt the combination of immunization agents in the country.

Ampoule containing 5 ml of the Oxford/AstraZeneca immunizing agent used in the vaccination against Covid-19 — Photo: ALLISON SALES/FUTURA PRESS/ESTADÃO CONTEÚDO

Teen Vaccination

This Friday (10), the capital continued the vaccination of teenagers — it was the turn of the 15-year-old boys.

“I just got the Covid vaccine. I was waiting for this day to arrive, it was super calm, I didn’t feel anything and that’s it. Everyone is taking it, you have to get vaccinated. It’s super quiet,” said 15-year-old Artur Bastos.

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On Saturday (11), there will be recap for young people between 15 and 17 years old.

The application of second dose also follows normally. The posts will be open until noon.

For lack of Pfizer, the campaign for teenagers only returns on Thursday (16) for 14-year-old girls. And on Friday (17) for boys of the same age.

And on Monday (13), the criterion for age begins to be adopted, to apply the reinforcement in the elderly. It will be a day for every age, starting with those over 95 years old.

The Municipal Health Department pointed out the advance of vaccination as the main responsible for the improvement in the indicators of the pandemic in Rio.

“We have a very significant reduction in hospitalized patients in the city of Rio de Janeiro. We have already had 1,400 hospitalized patients. Now we have 783 inpatients, an fall of more than 50%“said Secretary Daniel Soranz.

“With increased vaccination coverage, we begin to have a significant downward trend even after the increase in the delta variant”.

For the second consecutive week, there was a drop in urgent and emergency care. AND 26% reduction in admissions comparing the last week with the weeks between the 15th and 28th of August.

According to the city hall, today, most regions continue with high risk of contamination. But after five weeks, six areas improved and went to moderate risk:

  • Portuary zone;
  • Saint Cristopher;
  • Penha;
  • Island of Paquetá;
  • Saint Teresa;
  • Barra da Tijuca.

Rio extends measures until the 20th

This Friday, the city government published a new decree, which extends the restrictive measures for another ten days.

Nightclubs, discos and dance halls are still banned from operation.

But there were changes in other sectors.

Group classes at the gyms were only allowed with a distance of 4 square meters between students. Now the distance decreases to 1 meter.

Closed areas, such as shopping malls, cinemas, museums and theaters can have up to 60% of the public capacity — before, it was 40%.

The minimum distance between people in these spaces increased from 1.5 meters to 1 meter.

Deaths and hospitalizations fall

Covid’s ratings begin to improve statewide. The new edition of the Covid-19 risk map — released this Friday by the State Department of Health — shows that there was 27% reduction in hospitalizations for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SRAG) and 13% in the number of deaths caused by the disease.

The fee of occupation of beds of ICU is today in 65%. THE moving average fell again after more than three weeks (See Covid’s country map).

“There is global risk reduction across the state. We leave an orange map and enter a yellow map, clearly showing a reduction, an improvement in epidemiological indicators — number of cases, severe cases and deaths — and also in care in terms of the occupancy rate of Covid beds”, he said the State Health Secretary, Alexandre Chieppe.

“The trend of improvement in indicators clearly reflects the advance of vaccination in the state of Rio. But it is still a moment of alert, to keep the precautionary measures, individual and collective protection measures, and which we now see ever closer the light at the end of the tunnel”, he concluded.