Amid Criticism for Delays, Pazuello Says that Brazil Is Prepared to Start Vaccination in January

In a public statement, the minister says that the government will issue an interim order with "exceptional measures" for the acquisition of immunizers and supplies


Amid criticism for the delay in purchasing inputs and equipment, the Minister of Health, Eduardo Pazuello, said on Wednesday night (6) that Brazil is prepared and has enough syringes to start vaccination against Covid-19, simultaneously and countrywide.

Pazuello also said that the government will publish an interim order that deals with “exceptional measures” for the acquisition of vaccines and supplies this evening. The order determines that the coordination of the vaccination will be under the responsibility of the Ministry of Health and it also allows, for example, the purchase of immunizations before their approval by Anvisa (National Health Surveillance Agency).

BRASILIA, DF, BRASIL, 16-12-2020, FILE: Jair Bolsonaro and the minister Eduardo Pazuello. (Foto: Pedro Ladeira/Folhapress, PODER) - Folhapress

The Minister of Health made a statement on national radio and television on Wednesday night, the first since taking office in May last year.

"Today, the Ministry of Health is prepared and structured in financial, organizational, and logistical terms to execute the National Plan for the Operationalization of Vaccination against Covid-19", stated the minister.

Translated by Cassy Dias

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