Senate President also spoke about emergency aid saying the issue was made a priority on the week’s agenda
The President of the Senate, Rodrigo Pacheco (DEM-MG), said that despite negotiations with representatives of the Pfizer and yes Johnson & Johnson, it is not Congress interfere in negotiations by vaccines against a Covid-19. The statement was made by the parliamentarian during a press conference held on Monday afternoon, 22. In his speech, Pacheco said that Congress will assist the Ministry of Health legal measures, but stressed that he is not responsible for this. “I would like to emphasize that this is an immediate and direct responsibility of the Ministry of Health and that it is not up to us to interfere in a negotiation that is up to the Ministry of Health. What I have tried to do, as president of the Senate and of the National Congress, is to seek and find solutions and what depends on the National Congress, eventually, with the edition of a law to make the acquisition of vaccines feasible, we will do it ” said the senator. “I will transmit to the Minister of Health this afternoon this willingness of the National Congress to be collaborative with the Ministry of Health and the Federal Government so that we have as many vaccines as possible in Brazil”, mentioning conversations with the Minister Eduardo Pazuello that should happen today.
In addition, Pacheco also spoke about the emergency aid, saying that the issue was included as a priority on the week’s agenda and that the report made by the senator Marcio Bittar (MDB-AC) should be made available to parliamentarians soon. “Senator Márcio Bittar’s report was made available to party leaders and must be ‘publicized’ today so that the benches, the leaders and the senators themselves can mature. This week, when we have a very busy schedule of projects, we included this as a priority, which is an important amendment to the Constitution proposal to establish the legal possibility of having the aid compatible with fiscal responsibility ”, said the President of the Senate , who concluded: “Our expectation is that, within the schedule of early March, we will have the viability for emergency assistance in Brazil”.