U.S. and international partners aid Brazil’s fight against COVID-19

Woman injecting vaccine into woman's right arm (© Andre Penner/AP Images)
A woman in Sao Paulo receives a dose of U.S. pharmaceutical firm Pfizer’s vaccine against COVID-19. (© Andre Penner/AP Images)

The United States and partner organizations are sending millions of doses of vaccines and other aid to support Brazil’s fight against COVID-19.

Brazil is experiencing another wave of COVID-19 infections, with a death toll recently surpassing a half million people. Hospitals have had shortages of lifesaving medical supplies and more vaccines are needed.

The U.S. government is working with international partners to deliver medicines, ventilators and vaccine doses to slow the outbreak and save lives.

On June 25, the United States announced the arrival in Brazil of 3 million doses of U.S. producer Johnson & Johnson’s single-shot vaccine. These doses are just part of the United States’ broader commitment to donate 580 million vaccine doses to countries around the world.

That commitment includes plans to purchase 500 million Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine doses to donate to low- and lower-middle-income countries and economies as defined by Gavi’s COVAX Advance Market Commitment and to eight additional countries in the African Union.

The U.S. has also pledged more than $4 billion to COVAX, more than any other country.

COVAX is also shipping vaccines to Brazil. One million doses arrived in Brazil in March and an additional 842,400 doses arrived in June, according to the Pan American Health Organization. In the coming weeks, COVAX will send Brazil more than 4 million doses of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine.

The U.S. government and private sector, together with international organizations and local governments in Brazil, have been working since the earliest days of the pandemic to support the country’s health care system with aid, including:

  • $7 million in essential medications the U.S. government and PAHO delivered in May and June to treat critically ill COVID-19 patients who require ventilators.
  • 1,000 ventilators the U.S. government delivered to the Brazilian Ministry of Health.
  • $19.7 million from the U.S. government in humanitarian assistance during the outbreak to address emergency health and hygiene needs and improve tracking of COVID-19 cases.
  • $75 million in U.S. private sector initiatives to help small businesses in Brazil to continue operating during the pandemic.