The Minister of Health, Marcelo Queiroga, said he discussed this Saturday with the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, possibilities that can ensure more vaccines against covid-19 in the next three months, which would help accelerate the Brazilian program of immunization. According to the minister, Tedros is “collaborating strongly with us”.
In a press conference after the meeting, the minister said that there is support for technical analysis involving Brazilian health authorities and the WHO to analyze the possibility of adapting the industrial parks that produce animal vaccines for the production of vaccines for human use. The measure, according to Queiroga, would serve to supply and increase not only the vaccination capacity in the country, but would also allow Brazil the chance to offer vaccines from around the world, as the leader in Latin America.
He also said that he works with PAHO / WHO in the search for other strategic inputs such as the so-called intubation kit, medications such as muscle pain blockers. The goal is to be able to replenish stocks.
The director of PAHO in Brazil, Socorro Gross, made a call for a national union to respect and apply measures such as wearing masks, washing hands and avoiding crowds, to save time for vaccine production. “When we don’t have a lot of vaccines, we need to buy time and help the most vulnerable people. We cannot reduce transmission if measures are not applied ”, stressed Socorro. “Young people have a great responsibility to take care of the most vulnerable”, he added. “No one will be safe if the world is not safe,” he said.
Queiroga also stated that he is working with protocols to guide the Brazilian population, especially those using public transport, in order to avoid economic closures. He explained that the measure will be an orientation.
“There is no point in wanting to do this on the basis of imposition. It is not a law that will force people to wear a mask. We already have too many laws in that country, ”he said, adding that we need people to believe. “We are working with the ministries of agriculture, national integration to develop these interministerial actions”, he stressed.
According to him, the government has made an effort to offer emergency aid to the population, but the capacity to do so is restricted. “We need to organize in order to avoid extreme measures and so that we can ensure that people continue to work and earn their salaries”, he stressed. He said that it is necessary to avoid the lockdown and for that everyone must do their homework, not only the executive, state and municipal governments. “The population’s adherence is not easy. We have not managed to have the population adhere to the measures,” he said.
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Queiroga also stated that 30 million doses of the coronavirus-fighting vaccine already guarantee the fulfillment of the vaccination goal of one million people per day. He said the government’s priority is to expand vaccination.
According to the minister, it is necessary to reinforce the measures that prevent the circulation of the virus, reinforcing that the population needs to use the masks, wash their hands with soap and water. “We all know that the use of masks is essential. It is necessary for the population to adhere ”, he stressed. He also pointed out that it is necessary to increase the testing capacity.
Queiroga said that cooperation with PAHO for the provision of intubation kits and covid tests should be feasible in about 10 days.
He also defended measures such as the expansion of scholarships for the training of intensive care doctors, which the minister said should have been thought of and put into practice beforehand. “But we are not going to look to the past. We will look to the future ”, he said.
Queiroga also affirmed that all actions that come to strengthen the national vaccination program are welcome, but the entry of the private initiative in the purchase of vaccine to combat coronavirus is “a matter of the National Congress and is decided by the National Congress”.
He stressed that the immunization system is one of the largest in the world and has an extraordinary capacity for vaccination and what happens today is a lack of vaccines on the market. Queiroga said that the government has R $ 20 billion to buy vaccines.
According to Queiroga, the ministry’s guidance is that vaccines reserved for the second dose be released for the first since there is a concrete possibility of receiving vaccines. During the press conference, Queiroga asked that on this Easter holiday, Brazilians avoid crowds, wear masks. It is necessary that each one collaborates ”, he said.
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