The Minister of Health of Brazil, Eduardo Pazuello, is infected with the new coronavirus, confirmed to Lusa today the advisory communication of guardianship.
The Brazilian Ministry of Health did not provide further details on the health status of Pazuello, who is a general in the Army, and has been in the portfolio since May, when he replaced the previous minister, Nelson Teich.
This Wednesday, Pazuello became the target of criticism from the country's President, Jair Bolsonaro, who disallowed a statement on the purchase of 46 million doses of Coronavac, a vaccine against covid-19 in phase 3 development that is tested in Brazil since July, in a partnership between the Chinese laboratory Sinovac and the Butantan Institute.
In a statement made today, the Brazilian Ministry of Health stressed that the minister's statement on the possible acquisition of doses of Coronavac was misinterpreted, reiterating that Brazil should not buy it.
“There was a misinterpretation of the Minister of Health's speech, at no time was the vaccine [Coronavac] approved by the folder, as any vaccine depends on technical analysis and approval by the National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa), it also depends on the Regulation chamber the Medicines Market (Semed) and the National Commission for the Incorporation of Technologies in the Unified Health System (Conitec) ”, said Elcio Franco, executive secretary of the Ministry of Health of Brazil.
“There is no intention to buy Chinese vaccines. The premise for the acquisition of any vaccine excels in safety and efficacy, both according to Anvisa's approval, production in scale and fair price ”, added the technician of the Brazilian Government.
Brazil is the Portuguese-speaking country most affected by the pandemic and one of the hardest hit in the world, when counting the second number of deaths (more than 5,2 million cases and 154.837 deaths), after the United States.
The covid-19 pandemic has already claimed more than 1,1 million deaths and more than 40,8 million cases of infection worldwide, according to a report made by the French agency AFP.
The disease is transmitted by a new coronavirus detected in late December 2019 in Wuhan, a city in central China.
After Europe succeeded China as the center of the pandemic in February, the American continent is now the one with the most confirmed cases and the most deaths.