Brazil to start COVID-19 vaccination with shots imported from China and India

Outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Sao Paulo

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil's Health Ministry said on Wednesday that vaccination of the country's population against COVID-19 will begin with vaccines imported from China and India as soon as their emergency use has been approved by health regulator Anvisa, planned for Sunday.

Vaccination of the country's population will take 16 months at most, Deputy Health Minister Elcio Franco said at a news conference. Brazil is sending a plane to import 2 million doses of the AstraZeneca/Oxford University vaccine made by India's Serum Institute and has already imported 6 million doses of the CoronVac vaccine made by China' Sinovac Biotech.

(Reporting by Anthony Boadle; Editing by Leslie AdlerEditing by Leslie Adler)