Text passed the Senate with a ceiling of R $ 44 billion for the return of the benefit; proposal should be voted on in the House next week
Indicators of financial market returned to the positive field on Thursday, 4, with the approval of the Proposed Amendment to the Emergency Constitution (PEC) by the Senate and confirmation that the federal government will purchase Pfizer vaccines against Covid-19. The dollar closed with a fall of 0.10%, to R $ 5.658. The currency reached a ceiling of R $ 5.684, while the minimum was no more than R $ 5.545. THE dollar closed the day before with a fall of 0.03%, quoted at R $ 5.644. Despite the negative scenario with falls in the main stock exchanges in the United States and Europe, the Ibovespa, B3’s main index, ended the day with an increase of 1.35%, to 112,690 points. This Wednesday’s trading session, 3, closed with a drop of 0.32%, totaling 111,183 points.
THE Senate approved this morning, by 62 votes to 14, the Emergency PEC, in a second round vote. The proposal, reported by the senator Marcio Bittar (MDB-AC), opens space for the payment of new installments of the emergency aid – the article authorizes the federal government to borrow R $ 44 billion to pay the benefit. The text was approved in the first round, on Wednesday night, by 62 votes to 16. All the highlights that could change the content of the article were rejected, including one from the Workers’ Party (PT), which was set at R $ 600 the value of the benefit. The text foresees measures that can be adopted in case of non-compliance with the Union’s spending ceiling to the inflation of the previous year and the resumption of the assistance benefit. Now, the article goes on to analyze the Chamber of Deputies, where it will proceed with urgency regime, according to the President of the House, Arthur Lira (PP-AL). The forecast is that the text will be on the agenda next Wednesday, 10.
Still on the domestic news, investors positively analyzed the federal government’s purchase of Pfizer and Janssen immunizers. President Jair Bolsonaro (without a party) stated that the federal government acquired immunizers from Pfizer and that “next month, I don’t know the quantity, but a few million will arrive in Brazil already.” According to the Young pan, the Minister of Health, Eduardo Pazuello, asked for exclusivity in the sale of vaccines to the Union. The federal government intends to purchase 138 million doses – of this amount, 100 million would be from Pfizer and another 38 million from Janssen’s vaccine, in a single dose. Still according to an aide to the minister, the expectation is that the contract with the two pharmaceutical companies will be signed next week. According to the Ministry of Health, Pfizer and BioNTech vaccines should arrive in Brazil in the second quarter of 2021. The folder also states that the progress in negotiations with the two pharmaceutical companies is due to the approval of the bill that facilitates the purchase of vaccines against Covid-19 by the federal, state and municipal governments.