- Pfizer says it plans to fully vaccinate everyone over the age of 12 against COVID-19 in Toledo, a city in southwest Brazil.
- Researchers will test the safety of the vaccine, how long the protection lasts and whether it is effective against new forms
- About 98% of residents in Toledo have received at least one dose of vaccine, primarily a Pfizer shot.
- Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro has opposed COVID mitigation measures, even as the country passed 600,000 virus-related deaths on Saturday
Pfizer says it will vaccinate everyone in a Brazilian city to study the effectiveness of its COVID-19 shot in a ‘real-world setting’.
All residents 12 and older in Toledo – in the southwestern part of the country near the border with Paraguay – will be fully vaccinated against the jab.
The study, which will be conducted by Brazil’s national immunization programme, local health authorities, a hospital and a university, will follow residents for a year and study the safety of the vaccine, how long the protection lasts and if it can be found in new forms. effective against.
Of the 143,000 people living in Toledo, about 98 percent have received at least one shot, primarily the Pfizer vaccine.
Pfizer says it plans to fully vaccinate everyone over the age of 12 against COVID-19 in Toledo, a city in southwest Brazil. Pictured: Carlos Eduardo de Carvalho, 14, receives Pfizer Covid in Rio de Janeiro in September 2021
Researchers will examine the safety of the Pfizer vaccine, how long the protection lasts and whether it is effective against the new variants. Image: Municipality of Toledo, date unknown
“Here we believe in science and we mourn the nearly 600,000 deaths from COVID-19 in Brazil,” Toledo Mayor Beto Lunitti told a news conference. Reuters.
Pfizer described the study as a ‘real-life setting’ to study how well the vaccine protects the entire population after they have been vaccinated.
‘Pfizer Brazil conducted a collaboration with Brazil’s National Immunization Programme, the Federal University of Paraná and Toledo’s Municipal Health Department (PR) and Hospital Moinhos de Vento to conduct an observational study aimed at assessing the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine I entered. ..in the city of Toledo in the state of Paraná,’ the firm told DailyMail.com in a statement.
‘Populations above 12 years of age will be vaccinated with the COMIRNATY provided by the Brazilian NIP, and researchers will then evaluate the vaccine’s effectiveness profile in a real-world setting for a period of one year.’
Comirnaty refers to the name that Pfizer and its German partner chose to formally brand their vaccine after receiving full approval from regulators.
About 98% of residents in Toledo (pictured in the map above) have received at least one dose of a vaccine, primarily a Pfizer shot.
This follows a similar study in Serana, a small town in the state of So Paulo.
For the study, the Butantan Institute, one of Brazil’s top biological research centers, vaccinated all adults in Serana with the CoronaVac shot developed by Sinovac in China.
This study was believed to be the first trial of a vaccine being administered in an entire town or city.
In May, researchers said infections and hospitalizations had decreased and the risk of death was reduced by 95 percent.
The institute is now looking at testing the effectiveness of the third dose in the Serana population.
On Saturday, Brazil became the second country in the world after the US to surpass 600,000 COVID-19 deaths.
President Jair Bolsonaro has opposed COVID mitigation measures despite contracting the virus himself last year.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has opposed COVID mitigation measures, even as the country crossed 600,000 virus-related deaths on Saturday. Image: Bolsonaro arrives in Brasilia in May 2021 to announce the massive acquisition of intubation drugs to treat COVID-19 patients
On Sunday, he expressed anger at not being able to attend a Brazilian championship football match because the home club did not allow unvaccinated attendees into the stands.
‘Why Vaccine Passport? I wanted to see Santos now and he said I needed to get vaccinated. Why should this be the case?’ T. According to, Bolsonaro told reportersThe Associated Press.
Santos Football Club said the president had asked not to attend the match.
In the summer, Brazil’s Supreme Court authorized a Senate inquiry into Bolsonaro’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In particular, he will be investigated to determine whether he has committed prejudice, which is the act of knowingly lying to mislead.