The Minister of Health, Marcelo Quiroga, said today that the Unified Health System (SUS) is better prepared for the possibility of a third wave of coronavirus cases.
Quiroga’s speeches were given in Salvador, where the Minister Signing a contract with Pfizer to buy 100 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine in the laboratory next year.
“We have health authorities committed to providing quality care to our residents. Today, if there is finally a third wave, we are in a much better position to help our residents,” the minister added.
The agreement with Pfizer could be expanded to another 50 million doses next year, bringing the total to 150 million doses of the immunizing agent.
Also at the ceremony, Pfizer’s president in Brazil, Marta Diez, said the agreement could include potential developments for a vaccine to counter the omicron variant.
Quiroga said the government will also use the remaining doses from this year for next year’s coronavirus vaccination campaign, and 120 million doses of AstraZeneca will arrive in the country next year.
Without directly mentioning CoronaVac, a vaccine against covid-19 from the Chinese laboratory Sinovac, packaged by the Butantan Institute and which started the covid-19 vaccination campaign in Brazil in January, Quiroga said the ministry will only buy vaccines that are permanently registered with Anvisa (the national health monitoring agency).
CoronaVac, at the moment, only has permission for emergency use. “There is no longer any reason to buy a vaccination worker with emergency registration,” the minister said.
CoronaVac has been the target of frequent friction between the federal government and the state of São Paulo, with which Bhutantan is connected. Governor of São Paulo, Joao Doria (PSDB), the president Jair Bolsonaro (No party) Political enemies.
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