Deputies focus on accelerating the discussion of the possibility of acquiring immunizers by the private sector
A Chamber of Deputies approved the basic text of the project that expands the priority groups in vaccination against Covid-19. The text includes 16 categories in the plan, such as truck drivers, public transport workers, taxi drivers, gravediggers, pharmacy workers and bailiffs. The deputies’ focus now is to speed up the discussion of the possibility of purchasing vaccines by the private sector. Currently, companies can buy immunizers by donating all doses to SUS while the priority groups are not vaccinated. For the deputy substitute Celina Leão (PP), entrepreneurs could buy vaccines for employees and family members of employees. The same amount offered within firms must be donated to the public network. The initial text authorized companies to discount income tax vaccine expenditures.
After criticism, deputy Celina Leão withdrew the possibility of exemption. “The initial report of the project that was taken advantage of really talked about tax exemptions and several other things. But I want to bring to this plenary that the project that is being built since yesterday does not deal with any tax exemptions. On the contrary, it would double the contribution of the private sector. If he really wants to help, in addition to vaccinating the worker he has, he will have to donate all the amount he vaccinates in his employees to the Unified Health System ”, explained the deputy in session. This Wednesday, the mayor, Arthur Lira (PP), defended clarity in the discussion of the topic, which has government support. Lira also demanded strict control of the pace of vaccination. “We have to pay attention to one thing: why did Brazil distribute 34 million doses of vaccine and we only have 18 million doses applied?” Asked Lira.
In a note, the National Council of Health Secretaries and the National Council of Municipal Health Secretariats reported “there is no delay in the distribution or application of the vaccine against Covid-19.” The entities also affirmed that, “due to problems in the Information System of the National Immunization Program that persist to date, there is difficulty in including information on applied doses.” In a hearing in the Chamber, the Minister of Health, Marcelo Queiroga, said the government is expected to distribute 25.5 million doses in April, half of what was previously forecast. “This schedule, this estimate, is subject to these deliveries that are made to the Ministry of Health. Despite being hired, there is a delay in delivery. We are committed to anticipating deliveries. So it’s simple, let’s get it with all the weapons we have. Resources exist, what is lacking is a vaccine ”, he explained. Queiroga also said that it is necessary to strengthen the articulation with states and municipalities so that the doses reach all Brazilians as soon as possible. So far, 35 million doses have been distributed throughout the country, with just over half having been applied.
* With information from reporter Letícia Santini