Brazilian President Will Not Take COVID-19 Vaccine

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said during a Friday morning press conference in capital Brasilia that he wouldn’t take any COVID-19 vaccine, pointing out that the Congress was unlikely to require Brazilians to take a vaccine.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said during a Friday morning press conference in capital Brasilia that he wouldn’t take any COVID-19 vaccine, pointing out that the Congress was unlikely to require Brazilians to take a vaccine.

“I’m telling you, I’m not going to take it. It’s my right,” President Bolsonaro told local reporters, pointing out there was no conclusive evidence that wearing face masks could stem the transmission of the virus.

The conservative leader has repeatedly said that Brazilians will not be required to be vaccinated when a COVID-19 vaccine becomes widely available. 

In October, Bolsonaro joked on his Twitter and Facebook accounts that vaccination would be required only for his dog. He has also touted the unproven anti-malarial hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for the virus, pointing out he took the drug when he was diagnosed with COVID-19 in July.

Brazil has the second-highest number of COVID-19 deaths in the world, and for months, President Bolsonaro has played down the seriousness of the pandemic despite being infected.


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