In the decision, Judge Ronaldo Valcir Spanholo, from the 21st Federal Court of the Federal District, authorized the purchase of the immunizing agents and freed the company from the obligation to donate part of the stock to SUS (Sistema Único de Saúde).
“Some entities had already entered the courts and now, with this decision, it is the first time that a company of the size of Refit, an essential service provider, listed on B3, with great relevance in Rio and national projection, places the role of companies about vaccination as an active part of this discussion, and not just to complain, but to collaborate with the federal government in this Herculean mission “.
Spanholo had already authorized five unions last week to import and apply vaccines for covid-19 among its affiliates, and dispensing with the requirement to donate doses to SUS.
The decision was justified based on the slowness of the federal government’s vaccination campaign, and paved the way for the purchase and application of vaccines by the private sector.
The magistrate responded to requests from the Union of Workers in Cooperative Societies of the State of Minas Gerais (Sintracoop), Federation of Passenger Transport Companies of the State of Minas Gerais (Fetram), Union of Employees in Banking Establishments of Ribeirão Preto and Region, a Oregon Shopping Center Administrator and the Federal District Medical Union (Sindmédico / DF).
According to Judge Spanholo, the entrance of the private initiative in the vaccination campaign is a “complement” to the federal government that can help to reduce the levels of contagion and hospitalization by the covid. “We can no longer waste any chance of saving lives and the pillars of the economy (jobs, companies, tax collection, etc.)”, he noted.
* With information from the agency Estadão Content
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