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Breach of patents on vaccines, supplies and medicines is postponed in Congress – Prime Time Zone

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Senator Fernando Bezerra Coelho (MDB) believes that idea can be a ‘shot in the foot’

EFE/EPA/BIONTECH SE / HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALESOn the same day, the Chamber concluded the vote that approved the bill that allows private companies to buy vaccines against Covid-19

The senators intended to vote, last Wednesday, 7, on a bill that provides for the temporary breaking of patents on vaccines, inputs and medicines that fight against Covid-19. Proponents of the proposal say it could expand and make vaccine production cheaper. However, after an appeal by the government leader, senator Fernando Bezerra Coelho (MDB), the vote was postponed. For the senator, the idea may be a “shot in the foot”.

On the same day, the Chamber concluded the vote that approved the bill that allows private companies to buy vaccines against Covid-19 to immunize their own employees. On Wednesday, deputies finished voting on the highlights. All suggestions for changes to the base text were rejected. The project allows half of the doses acquired by entrepreneurs to be applied to company workers. The other half must be passed on to the Health Unic System. The current law requires the private sector to donate all vaccines purchased to SUS while the priority publics are not immunized by the public system.

* With information from reporter Levy Guimarães

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