Brazil court allows states to buy vaccines when federal govt fails to do so

Reuters | Brasilia | Updated: 23-02-2021 23:58 IST | Created: 23-02-2021 23:50 IST
Brazil court allows states to buy vaccines when federal govt fails to do so
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A majority of Brazil's Supreme Court justices have voted for an injunction allowing local state and city authorities to bypass the federal government when it fails to secure COVID-19 vaccines so that they can buy and distribute their own supplies.

President Jair Bolsonaro's right-wing government is under pressure for its slow response in rolling out vaccines despite his country facing the world's second deadliest coronavirus outbreak. In a virtual session, the court also ruled that local governments can import vaccines when health regulator Anvisa fails to consider an application within 72 hours.

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