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Bolsonaro sanctions bills to acquire more vaccines, including those from Pfizer and Janssen

On Wednesday, Brazil recorded its highest daily number of deaths from COVID-19: 2,286.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro
Jair Bolsonaro talks after signing two bills that allow Brazil to buy more COVID-19 vaccines. Image: Screenshot/Tv Brasil
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  • Brazil is experiencing its worst moment in the fight against the coronavirus, with several states and cities seeing their health systems collapse;
  • Since last week, the country has been registering almost 2 thousand deaths per day, and this Wednesday, it registered for the first time 2,282 deaths due to the disease;
  • In total, more than 270,000 people have died of COVID-19 in Brazil.

This Wednesday (10), Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro, sanctioned – wearing a mask, something he does not often do – two bills that expand the ability to purchase more vaccines against the novel coronavirus not only by the federal government, but by states, municipalities, and companies.

The projects pave the way for all these entities to purchase doses of vaccines from Pfizer (which already has a license for definitive use in Brazil) and from Janssen. The idea is that even if companies want to collaborate, the doses they acquire at this time of vaccination of priority groups will be donated to the national immunization program.

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According to Folha de S.Paulo, the project also authorizes the government to take risks that could result in civil liability crimes arising from possible adverse events in the population. This was a critical point in the negotiations between the federal government and Pfizer – several other countries agreed to take these risks as a condition for purchasing doses of the pharmaceutical.

According to the government’s news agency Agência Brasil, Bolsonaro also participated in the second (8) video conference with the president of Pfizer, Albert Bourla, to negotiate the advance of another 5 million doses of the vaccine against COVID-19 for May and June, totaling 14 million doses pharmaceutical company to the country.

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Brazil is experiencing its worst moment in the fight against the coronavirus, with several states and cities seeing their health systems collapse. Since last week, the country has been registering almost 2 thousand deaths per day. This Wednesday, it registered for the first time 2,286 deaths due to the disease, according to Conass (National Council of Health Secretaries). In total, over 270,000 people have died of COVID-19 in Brazil.

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