Pacheco tells mayors he will articulate anticipation of vaccines in companies

Pacheco tells mayors he will articulate anticipation of vaccines in companies
Pacheco tells mayors he will articulate anticipation of vaccines in companies
The president of the National Congress, Rodrigo Pacheco (DEM-MG), told a group of mayors this Thursday (1st) that he will suggest to the Ministry of Health the anticipation of the use of vaccines acquired by the private sector. Pacheco is the author of the bill that was approved and expanded the purchase of vaccines to entrepreneurs, in addition to legitimizing the action of states and municipalities.

According to the text, the private sector must deliver the first batch of vaccines to the Government. Companies could use vaccines only after immunization of priority groups, defined by the government, in the Unified Health System (SUS).

According to the Senate president, this point can be made more flexible if there is coordination by the Ministry of Health so that companies are already authorized to start immunizing their employees and family members. At the meeting, the senator argued that in this way he would avoid competition between private and public regarding the price of purchasing vaccines.

The mayors installed this week a consortium for the purchase of vaccines, Conectar (National Vaccine Consortium of Brazilian Cities), which met with Rodrigo Pacheco on Thursday morning (1st).

Jonas Donizette, president of the national mayors’ front, explained to the CNN how was the meeting with Pacheco. Watch the video below:

They are not part of the Covid-19 Pandemic Co-ordination Coordination Committee, made up of representatives of the Three Powers, the Judiciary being an observer. The president of the Senate makes the bridge and said that all measures capable of accelerating vaccination and massifying the process will be discussed by the committee.

Health-related sources told the CNN that, despite the businessmen’s desire, regulatory aspects and the real availability of doses are limiting to the election.

President of the Federal Senate, Senator Rodrigo Pacheco (DEM-MG)
Photo: Marcos Oliveira / Agência Senado

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