The vice president’s comments come a week after Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said Brazilians would not be “guinea pigs” for a Chinese vaccine.
His comments opened the vaccine policy debate between the president and key governors, who explored alternatives to the AstraZeneca vaccine that the federal government has prioritized.
However, in an interview with Veja magazine that hit the stands on Friday, Mourao said Bolsonaro’s position was without substance, reducing it to a war of words with political rivals, like the governor of the state of Sao Paulo. , Joao Doria.
“The government will buy the vaccine, of course it will. We have already put the resources in Butantan to produce this vaccine. The government will not run away, ”Mourao said.
A biomedical research center in the state of Sao Paulo, the Butantan Institute, is testing the Sinovac vaccine. Doria hopes to get regulatory approval by the end of the year and start vaccinating people in January.
Brazilian health regulator Anvisa said on Wednesday it had authorized the import of raw materials from Sinovac to produce the vaccine.
As an elected official, Mourao has often felt comfortable contradicting some of Bolsonaro’s more inflammatory comments. Among business circles and diplomats, he is considered a pragmatic voice of reason in administration.