São Paulo Governor João Doria (PSDB) said today that President Jair Bolsonaro (without a party) “politicized” the vaccine against covid-19. The statement came a day after Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello presented a schedule for vaccination against the disease caused by the new coronavirus and ignored CoronaVac, an immunizer that is developed and tested by the Butantan Institute in partnership with the Chinese laboratory Sinovac.
“I do not politicize neither the virus nor the vaccine. Unfortunately, it was President Bolsonaro who politicized, who put ideology and a political vision,” said Doria in an interview with CNN radio. “All we don’t want is to politicize the vaccine and postpone (its) application,” added the governor at another time.
The idea of the São Paulo government, which controls Butantan, is that the Ministry of Health is responsible for the distribution of CoronaVac in other states in the country. The São Paulo vaccine is in the last phase of effectiveness tests, which will end in the next few days.
“Next week, we will be filing all the results of the CoronaVac vaccine with doctors and nurses in these seven Brazilian states,” anticipated Doria, recalling the phase 3 studies being carried out with health professionals in São Paulo and six more states.
“The vaccine cannot have a politicized, partisan view, or place it in an electoral context by anyone, the federal government, the Ministry of Health and Anvisa itself (National Health Surveillance Agency, which will be responsible for registering vaccines against to covid-19) “, reinforced the São Paulo governor.
Doria again cited today a meeting scheduled for next Wednesday (21) as fundamental to the decision as to whether the Ministry of Health will distribute CoronaVac or not, as it already does with other vaccines produced by Butantan, such as immunizers against the flu.
The governor stated that he will be present at the meeting in Brasilia “to propose to the minister definitively and to obtain from him, I hope, the positive word that the Ministry of Health will distribute the CoronaVac vaccine to other Brazilian states”.
In addition to Health, Doria also said that she will personally talk to Antônio Barra, director of Anvisa, so that the registration of the Butantan vaccine does not delay the initial planning of the São Paulo government, which is to start vaccinating health professionals on December 15.
“I want to look in the eye of Admiral Antônio Barra and have the conviction and certainty that the conduct of the Agency will be republican and scientific,” said Doria.