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Bolsonaro confirms purchase of Pfizer vaccine: ‘A few million doses will arrive next month’ – Prime Time Zone

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Federal government plans to purchase 138 million doses of Pfizer and Janssen immunizers; on the agenda in the interior of Goiás, the president again criticized the adoption of measures of social isolation

EFE / Joédson Alves / ArchiveBolsonaro said the acquisition was only possible after approval of a project that authorizes the Union to assume responsibility for possible side effects

The president Jair Bolsonaro confirmed, on Thursday, 4, that the federal government will buy the vaccines developed by the Pfizer against Covid-19. In a conversation with supporters at the airport in Uberlândia, in Minas Gerais, the Chief Executive said that “millions” of doses will arrive next month, without specifying the exact amount. Still according to Bolsonaro, the acquisition was only possible because Congress approved the bill that authorizes the Union, state and municipal governments to assume responsibility for possible adverse effects of the immunizers. “Why did Pazuello sign a contract with Pfizer yesterday? Pfizer is clear, it is there in the contract: we are not responsible for any side effects ”, he said. “So, since Congress said it can buy this vaccine, Pazuello yesterday signed the contract. Let’s buy. Next month, I don’t know the quantity, but a few million will arrive in Brazil, ”he added.

As Prime Time Zone showed, at the meeting with representatives of Pfizer and Janssen, this Wednesday afternoon, the Minister of Health, Eduardo Pazuello, asked for exclusivity in the sale of vaccines to the Union. The request is aimed at stopping negotiations between states and municipalities with pharmaceutical companies – the governor of São Paulo, João Doria (PSDB), a political opponent of the President of the Republic, stated that he intends to buy 20 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine and 20 million doses of the Russian Sputnik V. Although Bolsonaro said that Pazuello signed the contract with the pharmaceutical companies yesterday afternoon, an assistant to the Minister of Health stated the report that the expectation is that the commitment to be signed next week.

Earlier on Thursday afternoon, on an agenda in the interior of the state of Goiás, Bolsonaro again criticized the adoption of more restrictive measures to combat the coronavirus – according to Fiocruz, 18 states and the Federal District have an ICU bed occupancy rate of over 80%, which proves that the country is experiencing the worst moment of the pandemic in over a year. “We have to face our problems. No more freshness and ‘mimimi’. How long will we keep crying? Where will Brazil stop if we stop? ”, He said. “We have to have the courage to face the problems. Since the authority was castrated to me, rethink the policy of closing everything. Come among the people, talk to the people. We will fight the virus, but not in an ignorant, stupid and suicidal way. How long are we going to stay inside the house? Until when will everything close? Nobody can take it anymore. We regret the deaths, I repeat, but there must be a solution. I was elected to run Brazil. I hope that this power will be restored to me ”, he continued. Bolsonaro referred to the decision of the Supreme Court (STF) that gave competent autonomy to states and municipalities to adopt measures to combat the pandemic of the new coronavirus.

Bolsonaro ended his speech by questioning “this freshness of closing trade” and saying that the country must “face the problem with open chest”. “I regret the deaths, before they say that I ignore deaths to defend the economy. But if we destroy the economy, you can forget a lot. We will be like countries that were colony in the past. Let’s go with an open chest to face the problem. The vast majority have to work. When talking about an essential activity, it is all that is necessary for the head of the family to take the bread inside the house ”, he added. This Wednesday, 3, Brazil broke a new record in the number of deaths – in the last 24 hours, 1,910 deaths were registered due to the new coronavirus, according to data from the National Council of Health Secretaries (CONASS).

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