Brazil's COVID-19 cases surpass 7 million
Updated 09:21, 17-Dec-2020

Brazil registered over 70,000 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, a daily record, pushing its total number of cases to 7,040,608, according to the country's health ministry.

Brazil also recorded 936 more deaths due to COVID-19. It currently has over 180,000 deaths from the pandemic, second only to the United States. Wednesday was also the first time in three months that Brazil registered more than 900 deaths on consecutive days.

Brazil's federal government will purchase 46 million doses of the CoronaVac, a COVID-19 vaccine developed by China's Sinovac Biotech Ltd, Reuters reported on Wednesday citing Wellington Dias, the leftist governor of the northeast state of Piaui.

Dias said Brazilian Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello told him of the federal government's plan to purchase the vaccine, which is being produced at the Instituto Butantan, a biomedical center in Sao Paulo state, according to the report.

He told journalists he saw a copy of a production and delivery contract during a meeting with Pazuello, adding that nine million doses are set to be delivered on January 25.

(With input from Reuters)

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