A group of Brazilian companies formed by Petrobras, Vale, Itaú, Raízen, Klabin, TAG and Engie got together to import 3.4 million intubation drugs from China and donate to the Ministry of Health.
In a note, Vale stated that the drugs will be sufficient for the management of 500 ICU beds for a period of 45 days.
The companies’ action was motivated by the worsening of the COVID-19 pandemic in Brazil and by the scarcity of supplies for patients in ICUs. The public health system is close to collapse and there is a threat of a lack of medication for intubation of critically ill patients in several Brazilian cities.
The first batch of 2.3 million drugs arrived on Thursday.