Two years after the beginning of the pandemic, President Jair Bolsonaro signed the decree that creates the Management Committee of Plans to Combat Covid-19 for Indigenous Peoples . The text was published in the DOU this Tuesday (11).
The decree determines that the committee should be responsible for monitoring actions to combat the pandemic among isolated indigenous peoples or those with recent contact; execute plans to deal with Covid-19; adopt measures to protect and promote the health of isolated indigenous peoples; and take care of other measures aimed at the health of indigenous people in the context of the pandemic.
The committee will be coordinated by the Ministry of Justice and Public Security and will have representatives of the AGU (Advocacy-General of the Union), Civil House, CGU (Comptroller-General of the Union), GSI Institutional Security Office of the Presidency of the Republic), Ministry of Citizenship, Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Mines and Energy, Ministry of Human Rights, Ministry of Health and Funai (National Indian Foundation
Leaders and representatives of indigenous peoples , specialists and representatives of other bodies and entities may participate in the meetings only if invited by the Ministry of Justice, and without the right to vote.
According to the National Committee for Indigenous Life and Memory, created by Apib (Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil), until January 2021, 63,144 cases of Covid-19 were recorded among indigenous people, with 1,253 deaths. In all, 162 people were affected by the virus.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, indigenous peoples have faced slow federal investments aimed at measures to combat the virus. In the first half of 2021, only BRL 383,000 out of a total of BRL 41 million were spent on dealing with the public health emergency. The amount represents only 1% of the budget, according to data available in the Sistema Siga Brasil, of the federal government, and compiled by the Institute of Socioeconomic Studies (Inesc).