Brazil’s Bolsonaro Says He Won’t Take the Coronavirus Vaccine

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Thursday that he will not take a coronavirus vaccine should one become available.

During a press briefing broadcast live over multiple social media platforms, Bolsonaro said that he has already decided to refuse a future coronavirus vaccine.

“I’m telling you, I’m not going to take it. It’s my right,” he said.

The right-wing leader has repeatedly stated that Brazilians will not be required to be vaccinated once a Chinese coronavirus vaccine becomes widely available. Bolsonaro reiterated this at Thursday’s briefing, saying that Brazil’s Congress was unlikely to require Brazilians to take a future coronavirus vaccine.

“The [Brazilian] president also expressed skepticism about the effectiveness of the use of masks during the live broadcast, implying that there was little conclusive evidence of its success in curbing the transmission of the virus,” according to South American news site Infobae.

He subsequently entered a period of semi-isolation for nearly 20 days while recovering from the virus. During this period, the leader continued to venture out on the grounds of the presidential palace to greet his supporters. A proponent of the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine as an anti-coronavirus therapy, Bolsonaro said he received the drug as part of his own treatment. The president announced via Twitter on July 25 that he had tested negative for coronavirus. Read Full Article >

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