The president Jair Bolsonaro (without party) reported to the Ministry of Health intends to be vaccinated against COVID this Saturday (4/3), the date on which the public health network of federal District start immunization for people aged 66, which is the age group of the mandator. According to sources consulted by the report in the portfolio, the Institutional Security Office (GSI) has alerted the president about the risks of being reinfected with one of new strains of the virus that circulate in the country. Bolsonaro was diagnosed with COVID-19 in July last year and may no longer have antibodies against the new coronavirus.
In any case, a study led by researchers from the Fundao Oswaldo Cruz (Fiocruz), as well as other Brazilian institutions, points out confirmed cases of reinfection by the COVID-19 even in people who have immunity against the virus. The president’s team is afraid that he will be exposed to variants in circulation in the Federal District. At least four more aggressive strains have already been identified by the Health Secretariat of the Federal District, including the one that emerged in Manaus. Like Bolsonaro of the risk group, the recommendation of government officials that he get vaccinated as soon as possible.
The report found that Bolsonaro should be vaccinated by Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga, who is a cardiologist. Probably, the immunizer to be applied will be the one developed by the University of Oxford in partnership with Fiocruz. The address where Bolsonaro will be vaccinated has not yet been defined and the decision is up to the GSI. What is certain is that the portfolio does not want the president to receive the immunizing agent in a place of great exposure or that compromises the safety of the representative.
Since the first information on the production of vaccines against COVID came into being, Bolsonaro has given denialist statements and made ironies about it. On Thursday, in his weekly live broadcast over the internet, he said he would still decide whether to get vaccinated and that the decision would be taken after the entire Brazilian population was immunized.
“There is a discussion now whether I will get vaccinated or not. I will decide. What do I think? I already have the virus. After the last Brazilian is vaccinated, if there is a vaccine left, I will decide if I vaccinate or not. This is the example that a boss has to set. Like in the barracks. Generally, the commander is the last to serve.
Since last year, he has criticized vaccines, even going so far as to guarantee that he would not take them. In January, he mocked the 50.38% effectiveness of the CoronaVac vaccine, in conversation with supporters. “Is that 50% a good one or not?” He said. He said that “if you drop a coin up to 50% efficiency” and that the vaccine “for those who haven’t caught Covid yet”.
Also in January, Bolsonaro said that less than half of the population was interested in being immunized. “Does anyone know how many percent of the population will be vaccinated? As far as I know, less than half will be vaccinated. And this research I do, I do it on the beach, I do it on the street, I do it everywhere,” he said. In the previous month, in December, a Datafolha survey had been released showing that only 22% of respondents did not intend to be immunized.
“If you become a Superman, if a beard is born in some old woman, or if a man starts talking thinly, they (Pfizer) have nothing to do with it. And, what is worse, tampering with people’s immune systems, ”Bolsonaro continued at an event at Palcio do Planalto in December.
In October, when then Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello announced an agreement to purchase 46 million doses of CoronaVac, Bolsonaro called the immunizer “Joo Doria’s Chinese vaccine” and said it would not be purchased. On the same day, during an event in So Paulo, he reinforced that he had the agreement canceled.
After intense pressure, the president changed his posture, starting to attend public events with a mask. “I want to reassure the Brazilian people and affirm that vaccines are guaranteed. We are doing and we will make 2021 the year of vaccination for Brazilians,” he said in a statement on the national network on the last 23rd. (With agencies)
What Bolsonaro has already said about vaccines against COVID
October 21, 2020
“The Brazilian people are not a guinea pig for anyone”
October 24, 2020
“Mandatory vaccine only here at Fasca (dog that accompanied him)”
October 30, 2020
“Nobody’s going to get your vaccine by force, no, okay? Search for another. And I, who belong to the government, will not buy it ”
November 10, 2020
“Death, disability, anomaly. This is the vaccine that Doria wanted to force all Paulistanos to take it ”
December 18, 2020
“If taking and becoming an alligator is your problem. If you become a superman, if a beard is born in a woman or a man talks thin, she (Pfizer) has nothing to do with it ”
April 1, 2020
“I am already against the virus. After the last Brazilian is vaccinated, if there is a vaccine left, I will decide whether to vaccinate or not ”
Slow immunization and accelerated deaths
The mortality rate per group of 100 thousand inhabitants has risen to 156.2 in Brazil. According to the Ministry of Health, 11,239,099 patients recovered from the disease. In absolute numbers, Brazil is the second country with the most infections and deaths, behind only the United States, which add up to more than 30.59 million cases and more than 553 thousand deaths. Altogether, more than 129.9 million people have officially contracted the coronavirus worldwide, and 2.83 million patients have died.
The schedule agreed with the Ministry of Health follows the weekly delivery schedule and is subject to distribution logistics defined by the portfolio, in addition to the quality control protocols, informed the Fiocruz press office. Through the Institute of Technology in Immunobiologicals (Bio-Manguinhos), the institution delivered, until March 31, more than 2.8 million immunizers.
With the delivery of this Friday (02/4), Fiocruz totals more than 4.1 million vaccines produced and made available to the Ministry of Health. The consultancy also informed that the foundation continues to work on scaling production, aiming at reaching the capacity of 1 million vaccines per day. This week, Fiocruz should receive another batch of active pharmaceutical ingredient (IFA) enough to produce 5.5 million doses.
ACIO DEFENDS PATENT BREAKDOWN
President of the Chamber’s Foreign Relations Commission, Acio met virtually with Ktia Abreu (PP-TO), who chairs the Senate counterpart, and with the director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom.
“[A quebra de patentes] It is the big way, and the WHO is largely in favor of this temporary compulsory license for vaccine manufacturing, “said Acio CNN.” We did this with AIDS in the past and have become an international benchmark. We can now lead and even reconcile with other parts of the world “, said the deputy.
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