Queiroga's last name among the senators of the Covid-19 ICC

The nickname given to the minister of Health was motivated by the ministry’s decision to suspend the vaccination of adolescents aged 12 to 17 years

Dida Sampaio/Estadão Content – 03/16/2021Marcelo Queiroga succeeded Army General Eduardo Pazuello in the Ministry of Health

The recent – ​​and controversial – decision of the Ministry of Health to suspend the vaccination of teenagers from 12 to 17 years old yielded to the Minister of Health, Marcelo Queiroga, a nickname in the National Congress, especially among senators from CPI to Covid-19. In recent days, the cardiologist has come to be called “Pazuello in a lab coat”. For the parliamentarians, the auxiliary ignored the recommendation of experts and official bodies, such as the Anvisa, according to which there is no evidence to justify the suspension of immunization in this age group, to please the president Jair Bolsonaro. In his live, on Thursday, 16, the head of the federal Executive said that he took to Queiroga his “feeling” about the matter. “My conversation with Queiroga is not an imposition. I take to him my feelings, what I read, what I see, what comes to my knowledge”, he stated. To justify the nickname, lawmakers cite a video, from October last year, in which Eduardo Pazuello, then head of Health, says “it’s that simple: one commands and the other obeys”. At the time, Bolsonaro disavowed the minister and ordered the active army general to cancel the protocol for the purchase of 46 million doses of CoronaVac vaccine.

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