In an interview with Pânico, Gilson Machado said that Brazil “will feel the pandemic legacies for a long time” and considered that the nation “is not facing a game”
Strongly affected by pandemic do new coronavirus, the tourism sector registered a 36.7% drop in 2020, according to the IBGE. In an interview with the program Panic, gives Young pan, this Thursday, 7, the Minister of Tourism Gilson Machado stated that the recovery of the sector depends on the vaccination of the Brazilian population. “The first step towards the normalization of the sightseeing is to vaccinate the entire population. From the moment that people are vaccinated, they will be able to count on the Connect SUS app, which records the doses taken and can act as an instrument to facilitate the circulation of immunized tourists in the country. ” Despite defending the citizens’ autonomy, Gilson Machado said that immunization will be a criterion required by many nations to authorize the entry of tourists. “The whole world is adapting to the ‘new health standard’, all countries will require an immunization certificate. Even after the vaccine, we will still live with the pandemic legacies for a long time and we will have to continue to follow protocols such as detachment, use of alcohol gel masks, ”he said.
According to the minister, even if its installation is not mandatory, the application that allows access to the National Digital Vaccination Card, can help to leverage tourism and economic recovery in Brazil. “If you have taken both doses against Covid-19, your certificate of vaccination will be available on the platform and can be used as an authorization to circulate in the country. We are offering this instrument, but those who decide whether to validate the certificate as authorization are the mayors and governors. Anyone who adheres to the passport, downloads the application whoever wants, gets the vaccine whoever wants it and the mayors and governors accept the authorization if they want. In addition, we are in negotiations to validate it in other countries because the whole world will only accept to receive vaccinated tourists. Those who do not want to, do not need to download the app Connect SUS or have a vaccine. Each one does what he wants in his life. ”
Analyzing the context of the pandemic, Machado considered that “we are not playing a game”. “Nobody expected it to last that long, at the end of the last year we were having a strong recovery from sightseeing, with the right to crowded beaches and congestion of jets in Porto Seguro. The second wave is very recent, the authorities will still need to meet to define the protocols that will be adopted in tourism around the world. In this way, the flow will return to normal. But we are not facing a joke, according to scholars, the air network should normalize only in 2025 ″, he concluded.
Check out the interview with Minister Gilson Machado: