January 06, 21 - 1:19 pm - LABS

Bolsonaro suspends needle purchases until prices ‘return to normal’

President Jair Bolsonaro said on Wednesday (6) that the Ministry of Health suspended the purchase of syringes “until prices return to normal.” On Twitter, he said that states and municipalities have enough of the material to start the vaccination against COVID-19.

Last week, the Brazilian Health Ministry failed in its first attempt to buy syringes and needles for immunization, buying only 2.4% of the 331 million units that the country needs.

According to Folha de S.Paulo newspaper, the purchase of syringes and needles is usually done by states and municipalities. During the pandemic, however, the ministry decided to centralize these inputs. After the first purchase failed, the federal government restricted the export of syringes and needles.