“Avoiding lockdown is the order, but we have to do our homework. But homework is for the entire population. As much as we talk about it every day, we do not see the population having adherence to the measures,” he said in an interview. collective.
On Friday, 2, President Jair Bolsonaro (without a party) criticized the social isolation measures. “Working, often, is also a physical activity,” he said in a post on Twitter. The declaration comes at the worst moment of the pandemic in Brazil. The month of March recorded the highest number of deaths in the country, 66,868.
This week, at the first meeting of the new committee formed by the government and Congress to discuss actions against the coronavirus, Bolsonaro disagreed with the ideas of Queiroga, the president of the Chamber, Arthur Lira (PP-AL), and the president of the Senate, Rodrigo Pacheco ( DEM-MG), who participated in the conversation, about social isolation.
“There’s no point in doing that [lockdown] as imposed. It’s not the law that’s going to do that, people have to believe in what we’re doing, ” Marcelo Queiroga, Minister of Health
At the press conference, Queiroga also asked the population not to use the Easter holiday to gather. “The use of a mask is essential and for that it is necessary that there is adherence by the population, regulatory distancing. We need to avoid agglomeration and expand testing,” said the minister.
Minister says he does not know if Bolsonaro will be vaccinated
Asked by the press whether Bolsonaro, who may be vaccinated today in the Federal District, would take the first dose, the minister restricted himself to saying that it is a personal matter. “He didn’t tell me if he was going to get vaccinated today,” he added.
The president is part of the group that is being vaccinated today in DF. So far, there is no information on whether he will be vaccinated.
Government intends to produce vaccines even for other countries
The priority of the federal government, according to Queiroga, is to expand the vaccination campaign. “The problem of lack of vaccines is not only in Brazil, even more developed countries face difficulties”, he said. In 2020, Bolsonaro rejected 70 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine.
The head of the health ministry also said that the production of vaccines, which has been planned, will serve to supply other countries as well. “Not only to supply the domestic market, but Brazil, in its position as leader in Latin America, will be able to offer vaccines to other countries”, he pointed out.
Queiroga also said that the government pledged to have 1 million doses of vaccine against covid-19 a day in April. The doses will be offered by the “Oswaldo Cruz Foundation and the Butantan Institute. The portfolio allocated US $ 150 million in the Covax consortium to purchase vaccines.
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