MPF gives 20 days for Health to offer vaccines against Covid-19 for children

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The Federal Public Ministry (MPF) asked the Ministry of Health to offer vaccines against Covid-19 to all children. The measure must be complied with within 20 days, or else the folder will be subject to legal measures, such as the filing of a public civil action.

Doses should be made available to all children aged 6 months and older. The transfer through the folder should take place in accordance with what was approved by the National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa) for this age group, using Coronavac and Pfizer immunizers.

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The request took place in the midst of the advancement of the Ômicron subvariant BQ.1 in Brazil and the difficulty on the part of the Ministry to make doses available for children.

In addition, the urgency arises while Fiocruz points out that the portion of the population up to 4 years old is the most vulnerable to Covid in the current scenario, taking into account people up to 60 years old.

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Despite the Coronavac being approved for this public in July, the Ministry of Health advises, without scientific basis, only the application of vaccines from the pharmaceutical company Pfizer, restricting it to children with comorbidity.

Even so, the distribution of 1 million pediatric doses, as announced by the folder on the last 10th, would be insufficient to protect this specific portion of the population. Health did not justify the restriction, even recognizing that the numbers of cases and deaths in children are significant.

In the midst of the health emergency, the MPF highlighted in the recommendation that children are exposed to the risk of death or serious sequelae due to the delay or insufficiency in the supply of doses.

In addition to the 20-day period for the distribution of immunizers, the MPF has set 5 days for the Ministry of Health to present an action plan for the regularization of stocks.

THE CNN contacted the Ministry of Health about the Public Ministry’s decision and is awaiting a response.

*under the supervision of André Rosa, from CNN

Source: CNN Brasil

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