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The Hospital das Clínicas of Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de São Paulo (HCFMUSP) adds another milestone in its presence in the history of Brazilian Medicine, when it is the stage, on Sunday (January 17th, 2021), of the start of vaccination in the country against Covid-19. This global pandemic has, over the past 12 months, contaminated a total of 95 million people and killed 2 million patients.

Approved, in an emergency, by National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA - Agência Nacional de Vigilância Sanitária), the vaccine of the Butantan Institute was applied in Mônica Calazans, 54 years old, a nurse in the ICU of the Institute of Infectious Diseases Emilio Ribas. Then, 112 other health professionals from HCFMUSP - who, like Mônica, participated as phase 3 volunteers in the vaccine tests - received the doses.

The vaccination took place at the Convention Center Rebouças, where a giant operation was mounted, in an area of 1,000 square meters with 30 stations to immunize all 30,000 HCFMUSP employees. The governor of São Paulo, João Doria, was present, as were state health authorities, scientists from the Butantan Institute and the Clinical Director of HCFMUSP, Professor Eloisa Silva Dutra de Oliveira Bonfá, MD, PhD.

"Today is V-Day. Day of vaccine, victory, truth and life" - said the governor of the state, who dedicated the date to the families of 209 thousand Brazilians killed by complications caused by Covid-19.

The first vaccinated nurse Mônica Calazans said: "I speak now as Brazilian, woman and black. Believe in the vaccine. Let’s think about the lives we lost, how many families, how many fathers, mothers, brothers".

"The vaccine brings courage and hope" - says Professor Tarcisio.

The Director of FMUSP and President of the Deliberative Council of HCFMUSP, Professor Tarcisio Eloy Pessoa de Barros Filho, MD, PhD, says: "Once again, the Institution mobilizes strongly in favor of public health".

He remembered that last year a war operation was mobilized at the Central Institute of HCFMUSP, which was fully dedicated to the handling of cases in Covid-19. "Our professionals have been true heroes throughout this period".

Furthermore, he added: "Now is the time when they will receive the vaccine to continue serving the population with greater safety. In addition to protecting against the disease, the vaccine is also an injection of courage and hope for all Brazilians".