Brazil Daily

Congress facilitates vaccine purchases by government and private firms

Today, how Congress is trying to expand vaccine purchasing rights. The continuing crisis at Petrobras. And how Brazil is postponing its fiscal reckoning.

Congress making vaccine purchases easier

Both congressional chambers passed legislation on Tuesday to facilitate vaccine purchases in Brazil. Senators unanimously voted to allow the government to buy doses without the need to follow strict public bidding rules or obtain prior clearance from health regulators. The House, meanwhile, passed a bill authorizing private companies to buy vaccines, providing that they donate half of their purchase to the federal healthcare system and distribute the other half free of charge.

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