posted on 03/04/2021 13:22 / updated 04/04/2021 13:25
(crédito: Tony Winston/MS)
In order to enforce the promise to increase the rate of vaccination against covid-19 for more than 1 million applications per day, the Minister of Health, Marcelo Queiroga, met this Saturday (4/04), with representatives from manufacturers and international health authorities in order to streamline the production and import of doses, especially for the second quarter of 2021. The doctor even works with the possibility of using animal vaccine factories in the production of immunizers against the new coronavirus .
According to Queiroga, the possibility is still in the field of ideas. “There is no agreement. There are talks. It still needs a technical evaluation. This will not solve the problem in the short term. It will help Brazil and other countries in the medium term,” he said in an interview after the meeting.
Alongside the director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) in Brazil, Socorro Gross, the minister underscored efforts to expand imports of ready-made doses of vaccines as a short-term strategy, especially through the multilateral consortium Covax Facility.
“We discussed today, with the World Health Organization (WHO), through PAHO, the possibility of securing more vaccines in the next three months and, thus, bringing an acceleration to our vaccination program, one of the things that our health system health does very well. We have more than 37 thousand vaccination rooms across the country and a vaccination capacity that is still idle.
In March, Covax made fewer doses available than was estimated. 2.9 million units of the Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccine were expected, but just over one million arrived. For April, Queiroga updated the offer of 30 million doses, through the initiatives of the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz) and the Butantan Institute. The minister stressed that he managed to reach the mark of one million vaccinees in March, but considered that efforts to guarantee more doses were necessary to maintain the level throughout April.
For this to happen, Queiroga again stressed that states and municipalities no longer need to reserve doses to guarantee the second application. “The ministry gave the guidance to use that second, now that we have the concrete possibility of availability every month”.
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