The President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, caused a agglomeration this Friday afternoon on a beach in San Pablo. The president made a boat trip to Praia Grande and he swam towards the bathers who surrounded him to try to greet him.
Dressed in a Santos shirt and accompanied by security guards, Bolsonaro spent a few minutes at sea among dozens of people without social distancing.
The last night of 2020 he had spent in Andradas Fort, in Guarujá, a city near Praia Grande.
The head of state has been on vacation in Baixada Santista since Monday, when he participated in a charity football match at the Santos stadium. He should return to Brasilia next week to return to his duties.
Before his foray into the sea and being surrounded by people again, Bolsonaro ruled out on Thursday that the anticovid vaccination is delayed in Brazil, attributed the lack of a date for the start of the campaign to the delay of the laboratories themselves to register their products and insisted that immunization will not be mandatory in the country.
The president affirmed in his traditional direct transmission on Thursday on social networks that as soon as the laboratories request registration of their vaccines and the regulatory body of Brazil approves them, the Government will buy the antidotes and immediately start the immunization campaign.
He also said that, in addition to the negotiations that the Government is already carrying out with laboratories Pfizer, AstraZeneca-Oxford, Janssen and Bharat Biotech to acquire their vaccines, Brazil can also buy the antidote from Modern Pharma which, according to studies released on Wednesday, is 94% effective.
“From what the Minister of Health updated me, the companies will present the documentation to the National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa) in the coming days so that, so that their products are certified, we can buy these vaccines. Because the population cries out for them”Said the head of state.
With more than 7.6 million infections and almost 195,000 deaths from coronavirus, the Latin American giant, one of the countries most affected by the pandemic, the exact date of the start of vaccination has not yet been defined, a process that has already been initiated in other countries in the region, such as Argentina, Mexico, Chile and Costa Rica.
The expectation of the Ministry of Health is start vaccination between January 20 and February 10, although everything will depend on the registration of the drugs by the pharmaceutical companies before Anvisa, a fact that has not occurred so far.
Bolsonaro assured that the countries that have already started vaccination are progressing very slowly.
“The United States vaccinated less than 1% of its population, less than 3 million people; UK at 1% and Germany at less than 1%, ”he said.
VACCINATION WILL BE FREE BUT NOT MANDATORY
He added that vaccination in Brazil it will be free and voluntary and he insisted that he cannot force the population to use a vaccine for which not even the laboratories themselves take responsibility.
“The vaccines are still in the experimental phase and the companies say they are completing the studies. As (security) is not fully tested, they are not responsible for collateral effects. And it is my obligation as president to tell the population that they are not responsible“, he claimed.
“In addition to (the vaccine) from Pfizer, we now have another, Moderna, which may be acquired by Brazil,” he said, highlighting the high efficacy of the antidote developed by said laboratory.
“Missing? It remains to define who is going to take and who is not going to take the vaccine. We have to detail the campaign and define whether those who have already been infected have to take the vaccine or not. In my particular case, that I was already infected and I have antibodies, I will not take it”, He assured.
Bolsonaro called two columnists “idiots” who claimed that he intended to dismiss his Minister of Health, Eduardo Pazzuelo, due to the failure of this week’s tender for which the government tried to acquire 331 million syringes for its vaccination campaign.
The Ministry of Health only purchased 3% of the syringes it demanded because the manufacturers demanded prices much higher than the maximum that the Government had established.
Bolsonaro attributed the failure of the contest to the sharp increase in demand for syringes around the world and the low production capacity of the companies that produce them and not to the management of his minister.
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