The impact of vaccines against the coronavirus was again questioned by Brazilian President Zaire Bolsonaro on Friday, when his country, in the midst of a second wave of pandemic, just launched a national vaccination campaign.
“There is still a lot of concern about the vaccine,” the head of state on the right told reporters outside the palace. “I am just happy to be free. We can’t force anyone to be vaccinated. “
Vaccination is “on a voluntary basis” because “ultimately nothing has been scientifically proven with this vaccine. The vaccine has not been determined to be completely effective,” the health agency said, adding that “according to Anvisa, this will prevent serious cases in Brazil of those who have been vaccinated.”
Zaire Bolsonaro did not explicitly mention Coronavac, the only vaccine available in Brazil, which was developed with the Chinese Sinovac associated with the Polist Institute Butanton and campaigned by his rival, the governor of Sao Paulo Joao Doria, in the 2022 presidential election.
Anvisa gave the green light to the vaccine along with AstraZeneca / Oxford last Sunday.
Vaccinations with coronavac only started on Monday. The Astrogenica / Oxford vaccine will be injected late, with two million doses promised by India, making it, not arriving in Brazil until Friday evening.
Zaire Bolsonaro, who has continued to alleviate the health crisis, has repeatedly criticized “Doria’s Chinese vaccine” and promised not to vaccinate him.
With nearly 215,000 deaths from the coronavirus and more than 1,000 deaths daily, Brazil is the second country to suffer from the pandemic after the United States.