Hamilton Mourao said in an interview that, if certified by health authorities, the government is willing to purchase it. But the president distrusts the Chinese regime.
The vice president of Brazil, Hamilton Mourao, contradicted the president Jair Bolsonaro and guaranteed that, if certified by the health authorities, the government will acquire the coronavirus vaccine produced by the Chinese company Sinovac.
“The government is going to buy this vaccine. It is logical that it will buy it,” Mourao said in an interview published this Friday by the magazine. Look about that antidote, which is in the testing phase in Brazil and which is promoted by the governor of São Paulo, Joao Doria, one of Bolsonaro’s most bitter adversaries in the conservative field, especially for his management in the face of the pandemic.
Bolsonaro stated on several occasions that the federal government will not buy this vaccine, questioned its effectiveness in advance and at times he chorused many of his most radical followers, who blame “communist China” for the global health crisis unleashed by the covid-19 pandemic.
Ten days ago, the Ministry of Health even announced its intention to buy 46 million doses of “Coronavac”, as that Sinovac project is known, which in Brazil has been associated with the São Paulo state government, but was denied by Bolsonaro, who assured that “Brazil will not buy Joao Doria’s vaccine.”
The president even emphasized that point this Friday, in a conversation with a few followers, before whom he insisted that Doria “means that (the pandemic) is over thanks to his vaccine.”
According to Mourao told the magazine Look, “This question of the (Chinese) vaccine is a political fight with Doria”, but “the government is not going to flee” from its responsibility and will acquire and distribute it, as long as its effectiveness is proven.
In the same phase of tests as the “Coronovac” there is also the vaccine that the company AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford are experimenting with, of which the Brazilian government has promised to acquire 100 million doses, although its effectiveness has not yet been proven. .
In his statements to LookMourao admitted that, personally, he has no doubts that he would take whatever vaccine, but with the only exception that before it is “certified” by the National Sanitary Surveillance Agency (Anvisa) of Brazil.
The vice president also commented on many of the misgivings that exist in Bolsonaro’s political foundations and even among members of the government in relation to China and his political regime, which end up influencing the debate on vaccines for covid-19.
“I think it should be understood that today’s China is a global power that practices state capitalism,” Mourao declared in relation to a country that is also the Brazil’s main trading partner.
According to the vice president, general of the Army reserve, “the (Chinese) model is not of classical communism, in which the state owns the means of production.”
However, he pointed out that in China there is a political model of a “single party” and “an authoritarian and dictatorial regime”, but added that “it is their regime” and that it should be “understood” that that country “never lived on a democratic regime “.