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The Collegiate Board (Dicol) of the National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa) amended on Wednesday (8/17), by unanimous decision, the Resolution of the Collegiate Board of Directors - RDC nº 456, of December 17, 2020, and withdrew the Mandatory use of masks during flights and also at airports. With the decision, there is only the recommendation to use protection for vulnerable people, such as the elderly, people with immune system problems and pregnant women, in addition to individuals with flu symptoms.
In the decision, Anvisa considered a number of factors, such as the reduction in the number of cases of the disease, the downward trend of severe cases, in addition to the high rate of immunization of the Brazilian population and the availability of treatments and health services.
The agency's technical area also considered the analysis of scientific studies and the measures currently adopted in other countries, but giving priority to the characteristics of Brazil.
“We went through the entire pandemic making decisions guided by science and our accumulation of knowledge. We considered the world scenario, but the final decision was made based on what we observed in our country”, justified during his vote Alex Machado Campos, director and rapporteur of the agenda. “The mask has fulfilled its role, and now you have to have proportionality,” he added.
Anvisa maintained other preventive measures that make up the resolution, such as sound warnings during flights to recommend the use of masks by vulnerable people, disembarkation made by rows and the availability of gel alcohol during travel. The measure went into effect on Wednesday, the date of its publication.


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