The governor of São Paulo, João Doria (PSDB), accused this Wednesday, 11, the minister of Health, Marcelo Queiroga, of breaching a verbal agreement for the transfer of vaccines to the State. According to the governor, the Ministry of Health failed to send 228,000 doses of Pfizer vaccines to the State, which compromises the vaccination campaign for young people and adults.
“Either the minister has no word or his word is not valid at the Ministry of Health,” said Doria during a press conference at Palácio dos Bandeirantes, seat of the São Paulo government.
The Ministry, however, refutes the lack of doses and claims that the discount on the last transfer is compensation for excess deliveries made in the past.
According to the president of the Council of Municipal Health Secretaries, Geraldo Reple, the state has the capacity to expand the vaccination campaign, if the Ministry of Health increased the transfers. “We have known since the beginning that São Paulo has the capacity to vaccinate 1.6 million people a day. If we had vaccines, we would be vaccinated”, he said, noting that, if it were not for the effort of the São Paulo government, “we would still be discussing vaccines”.
New record of vaccination in the state
The State registered on Tuesday, 10, the application of 640.5 thousand doses of vaccines in a single day, breaking a new vaccination record. The highest previous mark in the state was 619,000 doses applied in one day, registered on 21 July.
With the number reached this week, according to the governor, São Paulo reaches 31% of all vaccine doses applied in the country.
According to data from the state government, 30.4 million people were targeted by the immunization campaign against covid-19: 11 million received the two doses and complied with the vaccination schedule, 18.3 million received only the first scheduled dose and 1 .1 million received a single dose. In all, 41.4 million doses were applied.
When commemorating the record, Doria highlighted that the number shows “the efficiency, organization and commitment of the public health system in the State of SP, both at the level of the Health Department and of the 645 municipalities”, he highlighted.
During a press conference in the afternoon, the State Secretary of Health, Jean Carlo Gorinchteyn, announced the expansion of the state’s telemedicine program with 14 participating hospitals, in the Metropolitan Region of São Paulo and in Vale do Ribeira.
In all, the program should cost R$25 million in investments per year.
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