Brazilian President Criticizes Rush for COVID-19 Vaccine

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who has publicly refused to take any COVID-19 vaccine, said during a Tuesday morning press conference in capital Brasilia that he didn’t think the world’s rush for a vaccine was justified because the pandemic is “finally coming to an end.”

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who has publicly refused to take any COVID-19 vaccine, said during a Tuesday morning press conference in capital Brasilia that he didn’t think the world’s rush for a vaccine was justified because the pandemic is “finally coming to an end.”

“The pandemic is really finally6 reaching its end, that’s just a fact. The numbers have shown this and we are dealing with small rises now. But the rush for the vaccine is not justified because you are playing with people’s lives, this is simply absurd,” President Bolsonaro said.

New COVID-19 cases have not indicated the pandemic is ending. Over the last few days, several nations around the world including Brazil have reported record numbers of daily cases. On Monday, Brazil registered 50,177 new cases, bringing the total to 7,213,155, while deaths rose by 706 to 186,356.

The conservative leader has been widely criticized for minimizing COVID-19, calling the disease caused by the virus a “little flu” even as Brazil is one of the nations most affected by the pandemic.


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