Last month, the workers of Brazil’s National Health Surveillance Agency, Anvisa, went on strike for an undetermined amount of time demanding a 25% replacement in salary losses.

According to a national law, the agency would be required to guarantee that 30% of its workforce remains active to guarantee the upkeep of any service requiring immediate attention. This would secure that any operation whose hindrance could produce irreparable damage in goods, equipment, or machines would be carried forth without any impediments. Despite this, the strike has caused some disturbances in the country’s economic scenario such as delays in the approval of several new medical devices looking to enter the national market, hold-ups to ships anchored in Brazil’s major ports, and interruptions to the entrance and exit of other imports and exports.

As of yet, there is no prediction as to when the agency will resume its regular activities.

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