Brazil’s Bolsonaro says he will not be vaccinated against Covid-19

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Earlier, Bolsonaro – who has been eligible for vaccination from April – has said he will take the vaccine after the last Brazilian vaccination.

“I’ve decided not to get the vaccine anymore. I’m looking at new studies, my immunity level is through the roof. What am I going to get the vaccine for? It’s like winning $2 to play $10 in the lottery It will happen. He is out of place,” he said on Tuesday.

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Bolsonaro argued that Brazilians have the right not to be vaccinated, saying: “For me, (it) is freedom above all. If a citizen does not want to be vaccinated, it is his right and that’s it.”

Bolsonaro’s comments come at a time when the Brazilian population is showing great support for the vaccine. According to Johns Hopkins University, Brazil has fully vaccinated about 47% of its population and according to Our World in Data, 72% of the population has received at least one dose.

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On Wednesday, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) director Carissa Etienne said: “In Brazil we have seen the impact of a weekend-long vaccine campaign and vaccine champions to encourage everyone eligible to be vaccinated. These and other tailored strategies The key will be to reach those we have not yet reached.”

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Bolsonaro has been sharply criticized at home for his long-standing reluctance to tackle Covid-19 and implement public health precautions.

In September, Brazil’s president publicly violated a United Nations requirement that required foreign delegations to be vaccinated before entering its headquarters in New York. Several members of his delegation later tested positive for the virus.
Since the pandemic began, Brazil has been badly hit with more than 600,000 deaths – second only to the United States.
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