At an event on the island of Paquetá, in Rio de Janeiro, the Minister of Health says that immunization is the ‘passport to our freedom, to a new life’

Wilton Junior/Estadão ContentThe Minister of Health, Marcelo Querioga, vaccine resident of Paquetá during the start of the mass immunization campaign on the island of Rio de Janeiro

During the start of the mass vaccination campaign on the island of Paquetá, in the city of Rio de Janeiro, the minister of health, Marcelo Queiroga, signed a commitment to immunize all adult Brazilians by December of this year. “By the end of the year, the entire Brazilian population over 18 years old will be immunized against Covid-19, with two doses of the vaccine. It is the passport to our freedom. The passport to a new life, for the people of Paquetá, Rio de Janeiro and Brazil”, said the cardiologist. Asked if the immunization campaign started late in Brazil, Queiroga was evasive. He preferred to point out that his folder has already delivered more than 115 million doses to the States and that the Single Health System (SUS) it has the capacity to vaccinate up to 2.4 million people a day.

A question about the CPI to Covid-19 got no response. “I’m a health agent and I don’t worry about these political issues. I have a focus, which is to vaccinate the Brazilian population”, justified the minister, who went from being a witness to being investigated in the commission set up in the Senate. About the protests against the president Jair Bolsonaro (no party) on Saturday 19, Queiroga limited himself to saying that “the people judge”. Brazil yesterday surpassed the mark of 500,000 killed by Covid-19. On Twitter, the head of Health expressed solidarity. “Five hundred thousand lives lost by the pandemic that affects our Brazil and the whole world. I work tirelessly to vaccinate all Brazilians in the shortest time possible and change this scenario that has plagued us for over a year.”

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