Three-page letter asked for details of actions against the pandemic in the state and gave the governor 15 days to answer questions
A Federal Public Defender’s Office this Tuesday, the 6th, sent a letter to the governor of Sao Paulo, João Doria, asking for clarification on issues related to Covid-19 and vaccination in the state. The document, with 17 different issues, was signed by the federal general public defender, Daniel de Macedo Alves Pereira, and by the national human rights defender, André Ribeiro Porciúncula. In it, DPU representatives ask Doria to provide information on the number of vaccines received by all suppliers, by the Union and by direct purchase from the government, as well as on the number of doses applied until April 6, 2021. The document it was also sent to governors from other federal units.
They also request that the governor explain why the state makes technical reserves of vaccines for application of the second dose instead of prioritizing vaccination of as many people as possible with the first and that it disclose the estimated time taken between the dose being received by the State and applied to residents. Documents proving the budgetary execution of the resources coming from the Union and the state itself to combat Covid-19 were requested, as well as the remaining balance of the resources transferred by the Union until April 5th. In addition, the DPU asked for data on the state’s bed occupancy rate over the months, on oxygen consumption, “intubation kit” medications, the number of servers and the state’s hospital structure.
The document, dated last Tuesday, 6, gives the governor 15 days to analyze and answer the questions. According to the letter, the human rights defender “was provoked, by various means, among them civil society, governmental entities, media and by Working Groups of the Public Defender’s Office of the Union to request the Ministry of Health, Governors and Mayors from all over the national territory, information, data and administrative measures adopted during the Pandemic ”. In a note, the Government of São Paulo stated that the information is public and can be seen on the coronavirus transparency portal. The agency also said that it will meet the demand on time, recalled that the Ministry of Health and the other state governments received copies of the request and criticized the federal government. “The Public Defender’s Office should question why the Union snubbed 130 million doses of vaccines against Covid-19”, he concludes.