Pasta justified that the proposals sent by the laboratories are beyond ‘their negotiating capacity’
THE Ministry of Health affirmed, on the night of this Sunday, 21, that awaits guidance from the Palace of Planto regarding the negotiations of purchase of vaccines against Covid-19 gives Janssen and yes Pfizer. In a note, the ministry said it had asked for help Civil House and that he expects a response between Monday, 22, and next Friday, 26. According to the ministry, the proposals presented by the two laboratories go “beyond their capacity to continue negotiations for contracting”. One reason would be the companies’ lack of flexibility. The Minister of Health, Eduardo Pazuello, in session of Federal Senate, stated that Pfizer imposes “leonine” issues in negotiations with the Brazilian government. The problems, according to the minister, would be in three clauses: that the federal government should be responsible “until eternity” for the side effects of the vaccine, and that Brazilian assets abroad should be available to Pfizer to cover as collateral actions abroad and that the Brazilian Justice should give up its ability to judge the company.
“We want to save lives and buy all vaccines that are proven to be effective against the coronavirus approved by Anvisa. Since April 2020, we started talking to Janssen and a month later with Pfizer, but the two companies make demands that harm Brazil’s interests and yielded very little, unlike other suppliers ”, lamented the Executive Secretary of the portfolio, Elcio Franco. The secretary reported that the letter to the Casa Civil was sent last Wednesday, 17. “We send a letter to the Casa Civil, which will certainly seek guidance from other federal agencies and help us find solutions that go beyond the legal limits of the Ministry of Health, ”explained Franco.
The contract drafts prepared by the companies are being analyzed by the Legal Consultancy of the Ministry of Health. The agency will send an opinion to Planalto so that the Civil House can point out solutions to the impasses. Franco explained that, like Pfizer, Janssen also wants the government to take responsibility for any serious effects that immunizers may cause. “We want to protect all Brazilians against Covid-19 as soon as possible. That is why we waited patiently for days and days for the proposals from Janssen and Pfizer, which we imagined, would send us offers under plausible conditions, which did not happen ”, he reiterated. The secretary reported that the company’s draft was received by the ministry on the evening of the 12th, while the Pfizer draft arrived on the 15th. On Thursday, the 18th, members of the portfolio met with representatives of the pharmaceuticals to whom they informed that the sales proposals made by both, in addition to arriving with relative delay, still make it impossible to continue negotiations for at least nine months ”. The Ministry of Health, however, did not highlight the interest in purchasing and making vaccines available.