The Brazilian government presents a vaccination plan against the coronavirus Jair Bolsonaro Brazil Population Government Government

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The Brazilian government presented a Supreme Court judge with a coronavirus vaccination plan that initially only provides enough vaccines for about a quarter of the population and does not give a start date.

The document, which was released to the public on Saturday, was submitted by President Jair Bolsonaro’s administration the night before to Judge Ricardo Lewandoswki, who ordered the report after an opposition political party filed a complaint seeking information on government vaccination plans for the pandemic.
The plan calls on the government to provide vaccines to priority groups that represent around 51 million people, or just under 25% of the 212 million Brazilians. The first of four phases of immunization for these groups includes health workers, people over 80 years of age and indigenous peoples.
Signed by the Minister of Health Eduardo Pazuello, the document specifies, however, that “the interruption of the circulation of COVID-19 on the national territory depends on the administration of a highly effective vaccine” to more than 70% of the population .
No date is given to start distributing the vaccines. Brazilian health regulator Anvisa has yet to approve the use of any coronavirus vaccine in the country.
In addition, the plan says that to avoid the collapse of Brazilian health services, it may be necessary to “maintain social distancing measures for 1 to 2 years” – the type of pandemic restriction often criticized by Bolsonaro, who maintains that economic damage lockdowns and other restrictions linked to the pandemic will cause more harm to the country than illnesses and deaths from the virus.
Bolsonaro, who recovered from COVID-19 earlier this year and said he would not make vaccination mandatory, has been the target of criticism from several Brazilian state governors and experts in the health on what they see as a federal government delay in organizing a vaccination plan.
Brazil has recorded more than 180,000 deaths from COVID-19, the second highest number in the world. In recent weeks, it has seen an acceleration in the rate of coronavirus infections and several states are reporting hospital intensive care bed occupancy above 80%.
Bolsonaro, meanwhile, said Thursday in an official ceremony that Brazil was living “the end of the pandemic”.
Accusing the government of dragging its feet, Sao Paulo governor Joao Doria has already unveiled his own vaccination plan for his state which aims to begin vaccinations on January 25.

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