Minister of Economy also affirmed the government’s desire to anticipate 13th of retirees and pensioners with Budget approval
The Minister of Economy, Paulo Guedes, projected an improvement in economy 40 days from now with the deceleration of the contagion of Covid-19 with “a little smarter and more selective” isolation and accelerated vaccination. “As the minister promised Marcelo Queiroga, if we have a vaccination rate of one million doses per day, in just over a month we will vaccinate all the elderly. And deaths are 85% concentrated in people over 60 years of age. Even with the new variants, if that age of risk goes down, in 40 days we will have a new scenario, the mortality can collapse ”, he affirmed.
He added that, despite the peaks of the second wave being higher, when looking at other countries, the plateau did not last long: when the vaccine entered, the numbers collapsed. “In 60 days, we will have a completely different horizon,” he added. That is why, according to the minister, it is important to keep the vital signs of the economy by hitting and repeating protocols, such as maintaining emergency aid, even if with a lower value – because this amount reaches the tip. Among other measures, he mentioned that, if the budget was approved in the Senate, it will be possible to trigger the anticipation of the 13th benefits of retirees and pensioners.
“More than R $ 50 billion comes from December to now. We will protect the most vulnerable and the elderly in this second great war. And the resources can come again without a fiscal impact, because it is just the anticipation within the same year. ” It was also announced, on this Wednesday, the 24th, the deferral of taxes from the Simple National – which should alleviate the situation of small and medium-sized enterprises hit by the crisis. “There are R $ 27 billion that we will not take out of circulation in April, May and June. This amount will only be paid in the next semester, in installments ”, said Guedes. Likewise, he cited other measures worked on, such as the Pronampe, the 11 million jobs protected with the Emergency Benefit and the creation of 140 thousand new jobs even in the pandemic. “The 40 million informals have benefited from the emergency aid because they were the most impacted. Their option was: either go out to work and die from Covid-19 or stay at home and starve to death. We couldn’t allow that ”, he pointed out.