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Minister Marcos Pontes said that Brazil would be a great producer of vaccines

Minister Marcos Pontes said that Brazil would be a great producer of vaccines

The Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Marcos Pontes, said today (3) during the opening of the 18th National Week of Science and Technology (SNCT), in Brasilia, that Brazil will undergo a major change in the face of the world in developing new technologies.

According to the minister, a series of new developments were promoted by several fronts in the ministry – from stem cell research to space development. Marcos Pontes also stated that he believes that events like SNCT 2021 encourage curiosity and a desire to learn in complex fields.

The Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Marcos Pontes, participates in the official opening of the 18th National Science and Technology Week

Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Marcos Pontes, participates in the official opening of the 18th National Science and Technology Week – Walter Campanato / Brazil Agency

The 18th National Science and Technology Week

The eighteenth national week of science and technology Walter Campanato / Brazil Agency

In an interview after the speech, Marcos Pontes spoke about the direction of Brazilian science and the independent development of vaccines.

According to the minister, Brazil will no longer be an importer of active pharmaceutical ingredients (IFA) to emerge as a producer and exporter of vaccines worldwide. This is already happening. These are ongoing projects in all areas. All this because science is transversal.

The 18th National Science and Technology Week

The eighteenth national week of science and technology Walter Campanato / Brazil Agency

Pontes also stated that plans to make Brazil a hub for export fortification cover not only COVID-19, but all so-called neglected tropical diseases, such as dengue, yellow fever, Zika and chikungunya.

“This service has the advantage of transforming practical things and bringing them into reality, transforming innovations into practical innovations and presenting them to people. There are many challenges,” he said.

During the ceremony, Marcos Pontes reminded of the signing of the National Plan for Assistive Technologies, which took place in the morning at the Planalto Palace, and which allows a series of investments in access initiatives, both public and private.

Pontes also celebrated the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, which is celebrated today and which has been the subject of events across the federal government.

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