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Tânia Rêgo / Agência BrasilRegarding the financing of ICU beds, the secretary stated that, in Maranhão, there is no more help from the portfolio

The Secretary of Health of the Maranhao, Carlos Eduardo Lula, who is also president of the National Council of Health Secretaries (Conass), believes that only mass vaccination – and done quickly – is able to stop pandemic and its variants. For him, the third wave is a concern because the pace of immunization is slow and the virus continues to circulate – and this can generate mutations resistant to the vaccine. “This is the worst case scenario. That is why vaccination is a collective strategy, not an individual one. It needs to be soon, you can’t vaccinate the dropper, ”he explains.

In an interview with Newspaper Morning, gives Young pan, Carlos Eduardo said that Brazil is experiencing the consequences of not planning for the second half of last year. “We bet on a vaccine only. Now that we try to buy others, we lose a place in the queue. We have an offer just for a few months. The goal has to be to unlock this. THE Pfizer he says he continues to negotiate with the federal government and it seems to me more prudent to acquire and vaccinate as many as possible, without much discussion. As long as it is effective and safe, it doesn’t matter if it is Russian, Chinese, American. ”

Regarding the financing of ICU beds, the secretary stated that, in Maranhão, there is no more help from the portfolio. He hopes that some solution for this will be proposed today, in a meeting of the states with the Ministry gives Health. Carlos Eduardo Lula reaffirmed that direct negotiation with laboratories that produce the vaccine against Covid-19 has been done, but it is not easy. “When we try now, it is always with a perspective away and few doses”, he says. The state of Maranhão is expected to receive another five million doses next week. The region faces contrasts in membership. On the one hand, municipalities have already exhausted their stocks. On the other hand, there are too many doses and there is a lack of demand because of the resistance of part of the indigenous population.

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