Pazuello says government still studying D-Day against covid-19

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BELO HORIZONTE – Almost seven months after the beginning of the covid-19 pandemic in Brazil, Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello said on Monday, 5, in Belo Horizonte that the portfolio is still working on the organization of the “Dia D” awareness of coronavirus. “We don’t have a date, but it will come out,” he said. The minister was in the capital of Minas Gerais to visit the Ezequiel Dias Foundation (Funed), which processes covid-19 tests in the state.




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“D-Day” was scheduled to take place last Saturday, 3. The ministry’s planning provided for the opening of Basic Health Units (UBS) to provide guidance on “early treatment” of the disease. According to the Estadão in september, to publicize the event, the ministry expected president jair Bolsonaro to address the issue during his weekly live on social media. There was also the expectation of a statement on the national radio and TV network. Wanted at the time, the Planalto Palace did not confirm.

As part of “D-Day”, the distribution of medicines from the so-called “covid-19 kit” was discussed throughout the country, which would bring together medicines such as chloroquine, hydroxychloroquine, azithromycin and ivermectin. The World Health Organization (WHO), so far, does not recognize any medication as effective in treating the disease. The minister did not respond to the reasons for the delay of “D-Day”.

Discussions about drugs within the government brought down two ministers. Luiz Henrique Mandetta and Nelson Teich, both opposed to the use of drugs without proof of effectiveness by health authorities. Bolsonaro is a defender of chloroquine and said he used the drug.

In the capital of Minas Gerais, the minister returned to defend the “early treatment” of the disease, but did not mention the drugs that would be used for this. After talking about the importance of having a hospital network prepared to receive patients, he said that it is necessary to treat covid-19 in the “correct way”. “Diagnose, treat as soon as possible and the patient comes home.”

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The Ministry of Health this week in Brasilia will take stock of the tests that are being carried out with vaccines that can be used in Brazil against covid-19. “We will explain to the whole press, all over Brazil, what each vaccine looks like and what stage it is in,” he said.

“I already warn that the Unified Health System (SUS) deals with vaccination for the entire country. Not for one state or another state. The vaccines acquired by SUS will go to the national immunization program, and will be distributed to all Brazilians within necessary priorities “, he added.

The exact date for the release of the balance sheet was not revealed by the minister. Pazuello, in the capital of Minas Gerais, also participated in a meeting with representatives of the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz) and Belo Horizonte City Hall inside World Mosquito Program (WMP) Brazil, to combat dengue, zika and chikungunya.

The method foresees the release in the nature of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, a vector of diseases, inoculated with an intracellular microorganism called Wolbachia. According to Fiocruz, studies have shown that the microorganism, when present in Aedes aegypti, prevents the disease virus from developing in the insect, thus preventing transmission to humans.

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