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Bolsonaro says Michele was vaccinated in the US;  Politicians and infectious diseases see 'absurdity' and 'contempt' for SUS |  Policy

Bolsonaro says Michele was vaccinated in the US; Politicians and infectious diseases see ‘absurdity’ and ‘contempt’ for SUS | Policy

President Jair Bolsonaro said in an interview with Veja magazine, published on Friday (24), that the first lady, Michelle Bolsonaro, was vaccinated this week in the United States. Michelle joined The presidential delegation that went to New York On the occasion of the United Nations General Assembly. For politicians and contagionists, the choice of a first lady to be vaccinated in the United States, rather than in Brazil, is “ridiculous” and “disdain” for the SUS and the National Immunization Program (PNI).

Bolsonaro was asked for the magazine if the fact that he has made anti-vaccine statements and has taken so long to procure vaccinations for Brazil is a bad example. That’s when he told the president that Michelle wants to be vaccinated on her trip abroad. Bolsonaro confirmed that he has not yet been vaccinated.

“Getting the vaccine is a personal decision. My wife, for example, decided to take it in the States. I didn’t take it,” the president revealed to Vega.

Michelle, if she wanted, could have the vaccine in Brazil. In Brasilia, the city where the first lady lives, a vaccination for her age (39 years) Open since July 23.

NS g 1 Enter In contact with Palácio do Planalto to find out why the first lady chose not to take the vaccine in Brazil, with the vaccines that the Bolsonaro government has purchased and offered to the population through the National Immunization Program (PNI).

NS The head of Covid’s CPI, Omar Aziz (PSD-AM), said Brazil’s first lady could have been vaccinated, setting an example for Brazilians to follow. That would be true patriotism, he said, and not just talk.

“First off, she should be congratulated on getting vaccinated. The vaccine saved her. She did the right thing. That’s 10.” [Por outro lado] Note zero, because the vaccine applied in the United States is the same as that applied here in Brazil. So, she could have been vaccinated here, and showed the Brazilians she had the vaccination, to be a good example to the Brazilians, and then, yes, we would have seen real patriotism, not word of mouth,” Omar said.

NS CPI Vice President, Senator Randolph Rodriguez, stated that Michel’s position was “unfortunate” and underestimated the work of the National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa), the National Immunization Program (PNI), which is linked to the Ministry of Health, and the country’s scientists.

“This sight of the first lady being vaccinated in the United States is unfortunate. Brazil does not deserve it. It devalues ​​the national health watchdog, it devalues ​​a country’s achievement in the past 30 years, the national immunization programme, it devalues ​​the efforts of thousands of Scientists, from thousands of health professionals across the country. Unfortunate and sad. Another sad page of national history,” Randolph announced.

“If confirmed, the news shows contempt for the SUS and Brazilians. It shows distrust of the universal health system, which all Brazilians have access to,” he said.

NS Infectious diseases Jamal SuleimanMs., of the Infectologia Emilio Ribas, who questioned Michele’s decision, said that PNI is a serious program, that the vaccines applied in Brazil are safe and effective and that the population should go to health centers and take any available vaccine.

“I want to strengthen the Brazilian people, although this strengthening should be done by the government of the Republic of Brazil, but this did not happen, that this program [PNI] Serious and aims to protect people. And that Brazilians run into the units and get the vaccine available, because the National Health Surveillance Agency is responsible for approving these products in a way that ensures the safety and efficacy of the Brazilian people,” said Soliman.

NS Renato Kfoury has an infectious disease and the director For the Brazilian Society of Immunization, the first lady’s decision is “absurd”. He also stressed that the vaccines applied in Brazil are safe and there is no need to take them in another country.

Rodrigo Stabile, Senior Researcher and Director From the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz), in São Paulo, reports that public health in Brazil is providing high-quality vaccines against COVID-19.

“What is important to emphasize is that Bolsonaro is talking to his followers. People who, like him, think they are rich in Brazil and are able to get on a first-class plane and go to the United States to get vaccinated. Public Health, here represented by the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Viocruz), the Butantan Institute and Anfisa, They are talking to the Brazilian people to protect themselves from Covid with the vaccines available at SUS, which are of the same quality as those offered in other countries,” said an expert.

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