SAO PAULO, SP (FOLHAPRESS) – With the anticipation of the application of the second dose locked in at least six states in the country, the Minister of Health, Marcelo Queiroga, celebrated the federal government’s distribution logistics and said that there is “an excess of vaccines” in the country.
In addition to the states that do not have immunizing agents to anticipate the second dose, there are still those who had to delay the interval between applications due to lack of vaccine. Still, Queiroga denied on Wednesday (15) that there are distribution problems.
“There is an excess of vaccine, in fact, Brazil has already distributed 260 million doses, 210 million already applied,” said the minister, without explaining why there are federation units without doses available to follow the vaccination schedule.
Queiroga was in São Paulo this Wednesday morning to receive a new batch of vaccines from Pfizer that will be sent to the states. In an interview, he denied that there is a delivery problem for AstraZeneca.
“We need to put an end to these narratives of lack of vaccine. This is unfounded, Brazil is doing very well. Brazil is already one of the countries that most vaccinates in the world,” said Queiroga.
With the batch that arrived on Wednesday, the minister celebrated having completed the delivery of 260 million doses to the Brazilian states, which, according to the folder, guarantees the vaccination of all Brazilians over 18 years of age. Delivery takes place nearly nine months after the start of vaccination in the country.
Even so, the minister stated that the country’s delivery speed is a “success”. He also praised the work of his predecessor, Eduardo Pazzuelo, for having signed most of the vaccine purchase contracts.
Despite having said that there is “an excess of vaccine” in Brazil, Queiroga says that states that do not follow the National Immunization Plan, that is, anticipate the application in some groups, may find it difficult to follow the vaccination schedule.
While denying the delivery problem, Queiroga said that if there was a “possible shortage” of AstraZeneca for the second application, states could resort to using Pfizer. Health secretaries have already made this decision and asked the Ministry of Health to technically support the combination of vaccines, which has not been done so far.
“If there is no Astrazeneca, the interchangeability [de vacinas] it can happen, even if there is no recommendation from the PNI, which will happen at the right time,” said the minister.