Brazil’s Bolsonaro says he will not take coronavirus vaccine – Al Jazeera English

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Thursday night that he would not take a coronavirus vaccine, the most recent in a series of statements he has actually made revealing scepticism towards vaccination programmes that numerous hope will bring an end to the pandemic.

The exact same month the WHO dropped hydroxychloroquine from its large-scale treatment trials since it did not reduce death rates in people being dealt with in medical facility for the disease.

Right-wing leader includes that Congress was not likely to require Brazilians to take a vaccine.

“Im informing you, Im not going to take it. Its my right,” he said.

In his latest remarks, Bolsonaro expressed scepticism about the efficiency of mask-wearing, suggesting there was little conclusive proof that masks stem the transmission of the infection.

He has also promoted the unverified anti-malarial hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for the virus, saying he took the drug when he was identified with COVID-19 in July.

In October, he joked on Twitter that vaccination would be required only for his canine.

Numerous countries worldwide have actually made masks necessary in public, and the WHO has actually said masks should be used in public areas where there is a danger of extensive community transmission and physical distancing is difficult, such as on public transportation, in shops or other closed settings.

Brazil has the second-highest variety of coronavirus deaths worldwide, and for months, Bolsonaro has played down the severity of the pandemic despite being diagnosed with the virus in July.

The president has actually consistently stated that Brazilians will not be required to be immunized when a coronavirus vaccine becomes commonly offered.

Scientists have shown that masks avoid droplets and aerosols from being entered the air, while the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention worries their value in avoiding the spread of the disease by people who do not have symptoms and do not know they have the infection.

In declarations broadcast live over numerous social media platforms, the conservative leader included that Congress was not likely to need Brazilians to take a vaccine.