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The group criticizes the Union’s stance in the face of the pandemic and says that discussion about arms flexibility is a ‘disrespect for the history of the more than 239 thousand deaths and a serious disregard for the population’

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In view of the lack of doses against new coronavirus and the interruption of vaccination campaigns, heads of the Executive of several Brazilian municipalities came together to collect the federal government by a schedule with deadlines and targets for immunization. In a joint letter signed by the National Front of Mayors (FNP), the group states that “there is no doubt” that the country “did not know how to deal with the pandemic”, but that they now demand the Union’s position in conducting the National Immunization Plan. “It is urgent that the country has a schedule with deadlines and targets stipulated for the vaccination of each group: by age group, chronically ill, categories of professionals, etc. This also depends on the resumption of the economy, the generation of employment and income of the population ”, they state. The organization also says that “this is no time to discuss and move forward with the agenda of customs or rules on the acquisition of arms and ammunition”, citing the change in rules that make the purchase of arms more flexible by the population, and that the country’s attention should be vaccination. “This is a disregard for the history of the more than 239 thousand deaths and a serious disregard for the population.” According to the FNP, on January 14 a meeting with the Minister of Health, Eduardo Pazuello, agreed that every 10 days new meetings would be held to update the immunization. However, until now, no appointment has been made.

The mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Paes (DEM), reported on Monday, 15, in a publication on social networks, that he received the news that no new doses of the vaccine against Covid-19 in the city. Therefore, the campaign will be stopped. According to the Municipal Health Secretariat, the elderly aged 84 years old were vaccinated this Monday and 83 years old on Tuesday. With the arrival of new consignments next week, the forecast is that the vaccination of people aged 82 will be resumed. The situation is similar in Curitiba. According to the Health Department of the capital of Paraná, stocks are close to the limit and immunization can be suspended this Friday, 19, if new doses are not sent by the federal government.

Minister Ricardo Lewandowski, of the Supreme Federal Court (STF), determined this week that the Ministry of Health present the e-mails exchanged with the Amazonas Health Department during the crisis that left the state without oxygen and resulted in death by asphyxiation of patients hospitalized with Covid-19. The member of the Court also ordered the federal government to disclose the expenses for the purchase and distribution of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine to health facilities in the state, in addition to the RT-PCR tests. Medicines, widely advocated by the president Jair Bolsonaro (without a party), do not have the effectiveness recognized by the scientific community. The minister’s statement responds to the request of the Attorney General’s Office (PGR) to investigate Pazuello’s conduct in relation to the collapse of public health in Manaus. This Tuesday, the Secretary of Health for Amazonas, Marcellus Campêlo, said that the general at the head of the portfolio was not silent and should not be held responsible for health barriers in the state. According to him, the minister acted “immediately” after becoming aware of the crisis for the distribution of oxygen. “At the first moment that I heard the minister helped us to take logistical support measures,” he said. For the secretary, what happened in the Amazonian territory was the result of an “imbalance of consumption due to logistics.”

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