Queiroga says immunization against Covid-19 is a success, but complains about the ‘tower of Babel’ between states – Prime Time Zone


Minister of Health spoke with journalists, stated that Brazil may withdraw the mandatory nature of masks soon and criticized ‘chronic complainers’

DENNER OVIDIO/ISHOOT/ESTADÃO CONTENTMinister stated that the Brazilian immunization program is a success

In a conversation with journalists in Brasília this Monday, 13, the minister of Health, Marcelo Queiroga, stated that the “blackout” of vaccines AstraZeneca denounced by the states of Rio de Janeiro e São Paulo is seen by the folder as a result of cities that mistakenly used doses that were for other times in the immunization program. “Each one wants to advance with the campaign, but this is not a Formula 1 race bet, this is an immunization campaign that has been carried out with great success. Decisions are technical decisions (…) It gets difficult. How do we manage to conduct a vaccination campaign with this kind of vaccine ‘tower of babel’?”, he asked. He recalled more than once the need for federative units to follow the National Immunization Plan (PNI). “If you follow the PNI, we will reach the end of this immunization campaign, which is already a success”, he said.

According to him, the expectation is that enough vaccines to apply the first doses across the country will be distributed this week and the immunizing agents for the advance of the second doses – which will no longer be applied in 12 weeks and will be applied at intervals of eight weeks – will be assured by the folder from the 15th. Without mentioning direct names, he criticized some states that made “propaganda” around the vaccine and would be “chronic complainers”. In conversation with journalists, Queiroga also confirmed that President Jair Bolsonaro speaks “repeatedly” with him about possible dates for suspending the use of masks, something that is already happening in some countries abroad. “We are very close to reaching this in Brazil, now, it is necessary that the epidemiological context is favorable to this action and that our campaign advances further”, he concluded.