Financial difficulties in fighting a pandemic Covid-19 In states and municipalities, one of the highlights was made by the governors of Maranhão, Piauí and Mato Grosso do Sol on Monday (10), at a public hearing at the Senate Provisional Committee for Covid. Managers asked for help Vaccines Since then, according to them, immunization has followed an even lower pace than the country needs.
Despite the reduction in the family occupation, from 90% to 46% in Maranhão, the state’s governor, Flavio Dino, emphasized that the biggest concern today is the “exhaustion of financial resources” of states and municipalities.
Dino argued that efforts are required to maintain the hospital’s operational capacity in the states in order to cope with new epidemic cycles. Before the pandemic, he indicated that the health network used to cost 170 million reais per month, and today the monthly cost is 230 million reais. “[Isso]Because we expanded the family, the more teams, and all of this has a very strong impact on funding, ”he said.
At the same session, Piauí Governor Wellington Dias, who is also coordinating the demands on immunization at the National Forum of Conservatives, said he was concerned about potential restrictions adopted (the green symbol) by countries that have already achieved what is called large-scale immunization. According to Dias, there are already 11 countries, including Israel and the United Kingdom, and starting in June, the number of countries that have this measure will increase with Canada, the United States, Mexico, and countries in Europe.
Wellington Dias stressed that other countries such as China and even Brazil’s neighbors such as Chile, Argentina and Bolivia, with which the country has a close relationship, will be on the green list of countries with high immunization.
“On the other hand, Brazil, which is low in immunization. This will have an impact on inequality, on relations between countries. There will definitely be sponsorship, a greater demand to reach a level of immunization; they don’t want to introduce new variants, and that will cause problems,” he said .
Governor Piauí also defended that the National Congress is helping to mediate dialogue with pharmaceutical companies that produce vaccines, such as Sinovac, Aztrazeneca, and Pfizer. The idea is to accelerate the arrival of doses into the country and to advance the stages of the national immunization plan.
“We will arrive in August with approximately 70 to 80 million people vaccinated. The ideal is to reach 130 million people who have been vaccinated. We will need to find 100 million doses more or less than those that have been put in place so that we can reach it at least near Those countries are from the first vaccination team, “he estimated.
The Directors participating in a public hearing today also requested diplomatic support for the launch of IFA (Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient) by countries with these inputs. Reynaldo Azamboga, Governor Mato Grosso do Sol, highlighted these difficulties. For him, it is imperative to spend energy to reduce tension with IFA suppliers, such as China.
“It has been shown that whenever we expand the vaccination stages, starting first with the elderly, and those with comorbidities, we see a sharp drop in hospitalizations, and basically, we see a significant reduction in deaths in these ranges that are already in place with the vaccine. So, I think the battle is. The big, big energy we have to spend at the moment is expanding vaccines, ”he advocated.
The only municipality representative at the meeting, the mayor of Florianópolis, Jean Laurero (DEM), who chairs the National Vaccine Association of Brazilian Cities, also emphasized the need to advance the National Immunization Program (PNI), with municipalities having access to direct vaccinations with medicines. The consortium, which was set up a little over a month ago, arose out of the diplomatic complexities that Brazil faced in obtaining vaccines and supplies.