The Minister of Health, Marcelo Queiroga, said this Saturday (3) that the lack of vaccines against covid-19 is a worldwide problem, but reaffirmed the commitment to vaccinate 1 million people a day in Brazil. “Even developed countries find it difficult to add doses,” he said.
“We have already committed ourselves to vaccinating 1 million people a day, which has already happened. For April, we want to remain with this daily goal. To do so, we have the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation and the Butantan Institute assured us 30 million doses for the month, “pointed out the minister, who.
Queiroga also reported that he spoke with the Minister of Defense, General Braga Netto, as determined by President Jair Bolsonaro. According to him, the Armed Forces will intensify support for the distribution of vaccines to help with immunization.
Earlier, Queiroga and the director of PAHO (Pan American Health Organization) in Brazil, Socorro Gross, met with the director general of WHO (World Health Organization), Tedros Adhanom. “We discussed possibilities that could ensure more vaccines for the coming months and bring acceleration to our immunization program,” said Queiroga of the meeting that he classified as “very productive”.
The minister also reiterated the recommendations to contain the transmission of the coronavirus. “We all know that the use of a mask is fundamental, hand hygiene, the use of gel alcohol, the distance between people, avoiding crowds and expanding the testing capacity, but our priority is to expand the vaccination capacity,” he said . He says that guidance will be given on the topic.
The minister, however, stressed that the guidance is to avoid measures of total restriction, the so-called lockdowns. “The duty is up to each of the citizens. As much as we talk every day, we have not managed to get the population to adhere to these measures, which, although simple, are very efficient ”, he observed.
“We are working with protocols, mainly among Brazilians who use public transport, to prevent the closure of our economy. The government has been making an effort to pay aid to Brazilians and now, again, Congress has supported these measures, but our capacity is restricted. We have to work to avoid extreme measures and ensure that people continue to work ”, added Queiroga.
According to Queiroga, Brazil plans to offer vaccines to other countries after the completion of the immunization of Brazilians. Socorro Gross assessed that Brazil’s role will be important to assist the whole of Latin America.
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