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Brazil's Bolsonaro rejects plan to buy China's coronavirus vaccine

Earlier, the health minister said it would be included in the nation's immunisation program

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro speaks with journalists as he arrives at Alvorada Palace, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Brasilia, Brazil
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Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro said on Wednesday the federal government will not buy a Covid-19 vaccine from China's Sinovac, one day after the health minister said it would be included in the nation's immunisation program.

The apparent about-face follows anti-China social media commentary by some of Bolsonaro's supporters and thrusts into the open a simmering debate over vaccine policy between the president and key governors, who have been exploring alternatives to the AstraZeneca vaccine the federal government has prioritized.

On Tuesday, Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello said in a meeting with state governors that the ministry would buy the Sinovac vaccine to include

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First Published: Oct 22 2020 | 2:24 AM IST

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