Brazil health regulator suspends use of 12 million Sinovac vaccine shots – The Hindu

Brazil’s federal health regulator Anvisa on September 4 suspended the use of over 12 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine developed by China’s Sinovac Biotech Ltd that were produced in an unauthorized plant, it said in a statement.

Anvisa said it was alerted on September 3 by Sao Paulo’s Butantan Institute, a biomedical center that has partnered with Sinovac to locally fill and finish the vaccines, that 25 batches, or 12.1 million doses, sent to Brazil had been made in the plant.

“The manufacturing unit … was not inspected and was not approved by Anvisa in the authorization of emergency use of the mentioned vaccine,” the regulator said. The ban was “a precautionary measure to avoid exposing the population to possible imminent risk,” it added.

Brazil health regulator suspends use of 12 million Sinovac vaccine shots – The Hindu