ArcelorMittal Brazil Denies Employees Vaccination outside SUS
Regarding the article Entrepreneurs get vaccine on the sly, published on Piauí magazine's website on March 24 and disclosed by other press media,
Regarding the article Entrepreneurs get vaccine on the sly, published on Piauí magazine's website on March 24 and disclosed by other press media, ArcelorMittal Brazil stated that the company has never bought any Covid-19 vaccine from Pfizer or any other pharmaceutical company. The company has never contacted Pfizer or any other pharmaceutical company for direct purchase of coronavirus vaccines. It said “Abertta Saúde, ArcelorMittal's health management company, acts as an advanced vaccination site of SUS (Brazilian Public Health Assistance System), supporting the Municipal Health Departments of the cities of Belo Horizonte and Contagem, in Minas Gerais state. However, ArcelorMittal is unaware of any of its professionals being involved in acts correlated with vaccination outside the protocols of the Ministry of Health and the National Immunization Program PNI. ArcelorMittal reinforces that it fully complies with the immunization rules established by health authorities and that it has a consolidated integrity policy with strict ethical conduct standards.”
Piauí magazine website article “BUSINESSMEN SNEAK VACCINE” on 24 March had alleged that “In a group of politicians and businessmen, mostly linked to the transportation sector in Minas Gerais, and their families, on Tuesday the 23rd, took the first of two doses of Pfizer vaccine against Covid-19, in Belo Horizonte. They bought the immunizer on their own initiative and did not pass it on to SUS (Unified Health System), as required by law. The second dose is expected to be applied to about fifty people in thirty days. The two doses cost each person 600 reais. The organizers were the brothers Rômulo and Robson Lessa, owners of the Saritur road. A garage belonging to a group company was improvised as a vaccination post. According to reports, the group was vaccinated by a nurse who was late because she was immunizing another group at Belgo Mineira, a mining company now owned by ArcellorMittal Aços.”
A source familiar with the case told the magazine that the vaccine was from Pfizer, but the laboratory denies that it sold its immunizer in Brazil outside the scope of the national immunization program.
Congress approved a project authored by the President of the Senate, Rodrigo Pacheco (DEM-MG), about 20 days ago, which authorizes the purchase of vaccines by the private sector, but determines that all doses should be donated to SUS until the groups risk factors 77.2 million people, according to the Ministry of Health, have been fully immunized across the country. Brazil has vaccinated less than 15 million people so far.