The President of the Nation has a Decree of Necessity and Urgency ready to sign in the next few hours that would enable the arrival of the Pfizer, Moderna and Janssen vaccines to the country, as confirmed by government sources.

The Decree, according to two members of the team closest to the President, assured Clarin, is intended to modify the paragraphs of the Vaccine Law objected to by the US laboratory Pfizer and that prevented the signing of the contract with that company for the purchase of vaccines against the Coronavirus.

The decision began to circulate in official offices after the ruling party refused to discuss in the Chamber of Deputies an opposition project to modify that same law to unblock the signing of the contract with Pfizer, which manufactures the only vaccine approved in several countries to be applied to minors.

“Alberto got tired of going back and forth with the American laboratories. That negotiation was not interrupted but it was bogged down, and the President made the decision to advance by decree,” one of those officials told this newspaper.

This Tuesday, the presidential adviser in charge of negotiating the purchase of vaccines with foreign laboratories, Cecilia Nicolini, met for several hours at the Casa Rosada with the Minister of Health, Carla Vizzotti, and the Legal and Technical Secretary of the Presidency, Vilma Ibarra.

The first objective of the Government is to unblock the arrival to the country of the vaccines donated by the United States government. Last month, the Joe Biden administration announced that it would donate millions of Pfizer, Moderna and Janssen vaccines to several countries around the world, including Argentina, but warned that each country should be responsible for adapting its legal frameworks so that the donation.

This week, Biden’s Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, began promoting the arrival of donations to Latin American countries on his twitter account. In addition to Mexico and Canada, whose proximity to the United States put them first on the list, Brazil, Paraguay, Colombia, Uruguay and Ecuador also received shipments of the vaccines from Pfizer and Janssen.

Until today, in Argentina, the legal frameworks are not ready to receive these doses for various reasons. Pfizer’s vaccine is approved by the National Administration of Medicines, Food and Medical Technology (ANMAT), but the company refused to sign the contract with Argentina because they argue that the Vaccine Law that Congress approved last year could generate Lawsuits arising from the application of a vaccine that was developed and tested with the emergencies imposed by the pandemic to the laboratory.

Specifically, Pfizer objected to article 4 of Law 27,573, which allows the Government to incorporate into contracts “clauses that establish conditions of patrimonial indemnity regarding compensation and other pecuniary claims related to and in favor of those who participate in research, development, manufacture, provision and supply of vaccines, with the exception of those originated in fraudulent maneuvers, malicious conduct or negligence on the part of the aforementioned subjects ”.

According to what the manager of Pfizer in Argentina, Nicolás Vaquer, said last month in the Chamber of Deputies, the word “negligence”, which was not in the project sent by the executive and which was added at the request of Kirchnerist deputy Cecilia Moreau, ended locking in the contract that was to supply the country with almost 13 million vaccines.

Vaquer explained at the time that the development of a normal vaccine takes between 7 and 10 years and that Pfizer “assumed the risk of accelerating processes.” “This speed required by the whole world brought with it the unusual risk without precedent of demand. For this reason, Pfizer asks for immunity clauses and other protections. They are consistent in 116 countries that we have already signed an agreement,” said Vaquer.

In the case of Moderna and Janssen, who had very preliminary dialogues with the government, they have not yet received authorization from ANMAT. The first did not start the process and the second did start the necessary process so that any medicine can be administered in the country.

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