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Jane de Araújo / Senado AgencyRandolfe Rodrigues

A Chamber of Deputies on Tuesday, 23, a Provisional Measure (MP) that facilitates the purchase of vaccines and supplies necessary for immunization against Covid-19. Among other points, the MP dispenses with bidding and provides for more flexible rules for contracts, in addition to determining that the application should follow the guidelines of the Ministry of Health. At the moment, the lack of vaccines in Brazil has worried the public authorities. For this reason, this Monday was marked by meetings between the government, Congress and pharmaceutical representatives with the aim of expanding the offer of doses of possible immunizers.

The President of the Senate, Rodrigo Pacheco, and the senator Randolfe Rodrigues talked to leaders of the Pfizer and yes Janssen. The federal government’s dealings with pharmaceutical companies began in April last year, but negotiations are being held due to requirements considered unfeasible by the Health Ministry, such as the impossibility for companies to take risks in case of side effects of vaccines. On the subject, Randolfe presented an amendment that authorizes the Union to take responsibility for any side effects of immunizers. “Both Pfizer and Janssen need this device. It is a device that was even highlighted by the president of Pfizer for Latin America, which since June has been offered to the Brazilian government, as well as to other governments in the world. ”

The president of the Senate was also with the Minister of Health, Eduardo Pazuello. After the meeting, Rodrigo Pacheco said that the idea now is to authorize the federal government and also states and municipalities to assume the risks of purchasing vaccines, which could also involve the private sector. Also according to the president of the Senate, at the meeting, Pazuello pledged to vaccinate the entire population later this year, and for that, he recognizes that new immunizers will be needed. In a note, Pfizer informed that 69 countries have signed a contract with the company, following the same conditions presented to Brazil, and that it intends to follow the negotiations only with the federal government.

* With information from reporter Caterina Achutti

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