Brazil, which remain the second worst-hit country in number of deaths, has so far registered almost 8.5 million COVID-19 cases, and nearly 209,847 deaths.
Brazil will begin mass vaccination against COVID-19 starting Wednesday, its health ministry announced Sunday.
The Brazilian government will begin to distribute vaccines throughout the country starting early Monday morning, Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello told a press conference.
The decision came after Brazil's Health Regulatory Agency unanimously approved on Sunday the emergency use of the CoronaVac vaccine, from the Chinese laboratory Sinovac, as well as the AstraZeneca-University of Oxford vaccine.
During this time, 23 more coronavirus deaths were recorded, pushing up the country’s death tally to 7,906. The mortality rate now stands at 1.5 percent, according to a handout from the Directorate General of Health Services.