The Foreign Minister, Ernesto Arazzo, said on Wednesday, 24, that there is no political problem that creates obstruction Export of vaccines to Brazil. In a thematic session in the Senate, he stated that “no political issue is preventing any form of importation, be it vaccines or inputs”.
“The whole world is still facing difficulties in getting vaccines and their inputs. Countries with the technical capacity to produce are facing difficulties in completing the more rapid vaccination process, ”said Araujo. He noted that countries in the European Union vaccinated 9% of the population, while Brazil is in the range of 6%. “There is no big difference”, he admits.
According to Arujo, the Diplomatic problems The relationship between Brazil and China is “the result of a narrative” pointed out by senators who do not agree with the truth. “We have no diplomatic problems with China. And this is part of the formulation of our foreign policy, which I see as being completely wrong.”
Araujo said that Brazil, according to Chinese data, is the third country in the world to have the highest supply of vaccines and vaccines manufactured in China. He said, “First there are Indonesia and the United Arab Emirates and immediately thereafter Brazil, so that Brazil is not in any way behind the line.”
In relation to talks by Surplus vaccines in the united states, Araujo said that negotiations are continuing. The United States has 7 million surplus vaccine doses and has already announced that it will export 2.5 million to Mexico and 1.5 million to Canada. “We’re trying to be part of this export, certainly, because any million helps make a difference,” he said.
Araujo said the State Department is in contact with the US government, but did not comment on the progress in the negotiations. The order has been placed. Every day, we are trying to negotiate this surplus vaccine coming from the United States, but that is not the case, neither of these fronts is sufficient in itself. We need to work on all of them, ”he said.
The minister pointed out that Brazil has a “very diverse portfolio of contracted vaccines and other possibilities” and said that the Ministry of External Affairs, along with the embassies, is ready to release vaccine shipments from India and Russia as soon as possible. “Everything is triggered,” he guaranteed.
Minister announced that Brazil 32 million will receive input for the manufacture of supplements AstraZeneca Vaccine in the National Area. Shipment starts this Wednesday. “Today, tomorrow and the day after, on three flights, enter a IFA loading of 1024 liters, which allows the manufacture of 32 million doses. At this time we will have almost double the vaccination capacity.
“This is necessary, as Brazil is one of the few countries that will end up with autonomy in the manufacture of vaccines. The transfer of technology to the country’s production was an essential part of this strategy. The strategy, we believe, Success, because it will soon make us independent in terms of imports ”, said Araujo.
The minister admitted that the pace of the process is still not ideal. “The process is going on. Of course, I always repeat, we would like it to be faster, but we are working to make it faster. It is structured and not crippled in any way. We are following this strategy ”, he said.