Brazil buys 100 million more doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine

A healthcare worker shows a vial of Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil May 4, 2021. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

BRASILIA, May 11 (Reuters) - Brazil's Health Ministry on Tuesday announced it had signed a deal for Pfizer (PFE.N) to deliver an additional 100 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine, doubling the number of shots from the company.

The additional shots will be delivered between September and December, the Health Ministry said in a statement.

That adds to an agreement earlier in the year for an initial 100 million doses, of which Brazil has only received 1.6 million to date.

Brazil has recorded the second-deadliest outbreak of coronavirus in the world and continues to average more than 2,000 deaths per day. More than 425,000 people have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic began, according to the Health Ministry.

About 15% of Brazil's population has received at least one dose of vaccine, according to the ministry, far less than most European and North American countries.

Reporting by Ricardo Brito; Writing by Jake Spring; Editing by Cynthia Osterman

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