Ministry of Health Hires a Company with No Experience in SUS Vaccines to Deliver the Children's Doses

Government waives bidding process, and distribution encounters problems across the country; ministry and firm say that quality was maintained


Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga's administration hired a company that had no experience in transporting vaccines in the public service to carry out the storage and logistics of immunizations against Covid-19 for children.

Problems marred the first deliveries of Pfizer's pediatric vaccines in several regions of the country during the weekend, when the immunization of children began. The audience is aged between 5 and 11 years old.

The contracts with Intermodal Brasil Logística, in the amount of R$ 62.2 million, were signed in December with no bidding process.

States such as Santa Catarina, Pernambuco, Paraná and Paraíba said that vaccines arrived in inadequate storage and transport conditions.

The contracts signed with IBL have a duration of 12 months, with permission to extend for up to five years, despite the urgent nature of the bidding waiver.

The ministry in turn stated, also in a statement, that there was no harm to any pediatric vaccine delivered to the states and the Federal District. The folder will investigate any failures, as per the note.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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