The Minister of Economy, Paulo Guedes, defended this Thursday, 25, that businessmen receive exemptions in donations of vaccines against covid-19 the Unified Health System (THEIR).
The purchase of vaccines by the private sector is only allowed if all doses are donated to SUS, in order to speed up the immunization of priority groups so that, then, companies are authorized to immunize their employees. There is pressure from businessmen, however, to change the rule.
During a virtual public hearing of the temporary Senate committee that deals with the pandemic, Guedes suggested exemption from donations as a way to encourage companies to deliver vaccines to SUS if private immunization becomes legal.
“Our businessmen have the ability to go abroad and buy leftover vaccine,” Guedes said to the senators.
In addressing the government’s promise to accelerate the rate of vaccination, the Minister of Economy said that with 1 million vaccines a day, as promised by the Ministry of Health, all the elderly will be vaccinated in just over a month.
He also presented, during the hearing, the government’s measures in support of companies affected by the health crisis. Among them, he cited, is the possibility of allowing the debt rollover of the most affected sectors. Aid may also come by relieving fines charged by the IRS, Guedes said.
“We will have to review all of this. Obviously, there is no way to ask to pay a fine, we have to review this with the IRS,” said Guedes, also asking that senators work together with the government to develop measures aimed at tourism, a sector affected in filled with social isolation.
In a moment of cuddling parliamentarians, the minister saluted Congress for the approval of matters such as the independence of the Central Bank, the emergency PEC and the sanitation framework. These are advances, said the minister, which help to reduce economic uncertainties, in addition to preventing, in the case of the Central Bank, inflation considered temporary to become permanent.
Guedes speaks of up to R $ 30 billion in credit to small business with government guarantees
In listing measures to support the private sector in the face of the heavy impact of the pandemic, Economy Minister Paulo Guedes reported on Thursday, 25, that the government continues to work on guarantees for micro and small companies to obtain funds from banks at lower interest rates.
During a virtual public hearing of the temporary Senate committee that deals with the pandemic, the minister reinforced the idea of using resources that were left over from the Investment Guarantee Fund (FGI).
In Guedes’ accounts, between 3 billion and 4 billion reais in guarantees from the public fund would allow access to credit in the range of 20 billion to 30 billion reais by companies.
“We are on top of that. With the renewal of Pronampe [programa de apoio a micro e pequenas empresas], using resources that were not used by the FGI, we calculate that with 3 billion to 4 billion reais, we were able to mobilize between 20 billion and 30 billion reais to help small and medium-sized companies “, informed the minister to the senators.