BRASILIA | Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has launched a formal attack on COVID-19 vaccines, not hesitating to assure that Pfizer’s vaccine could turn those vaccinated into “bearded women” or “crocodiles.”
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“In the Pfizer contract, it is very clear: ‘we are not responsible for any side effects’. If you turn into a crocodile, that’s your problem ”, launched the Head of State Thursday, during a speech in Porto Seguro (northeast).
He was referring to the vaccine developed by the American laboratory Pfizer and the German BioNTech, tested in Brazil for weeks and already used for the launch of the immunization of the population in the United Kingdom or the United States.
“If you become a superman, if a woman starts to have a growing beard or if a man starts to speak with an effeminate voice, they (the laboratories) have nothing to do with it”, launched the leader of extreme right in a provocative tone.
Thursday, despite the president’s reluctance, the Supreme Court made vaccination against COVID-19 mandatory, but not “forced” in the most bereaved country in the world behind the United States, with nearly 185,000 dead.
This means that the authorities will not be able to use force to force a person to be vaccinated, but that they will be able to impose a fine or prohibit him from going to certain public places.
“The vaccine, once certified by (the regulatory agency) Anvisa, will be available to anyone who wants it. But I will not get vaccinated, ”Jair Bolsonaro insisted in Porto Seguro.
“Some people say I am setting a bad example. But to the fools, to the idiots who say that, I answer that I have already caught the virus, I have the antibodies, so why get vaccinated? ”, He continued, apparently ignoring the cases of recontamination which occurred in the world, including Brazil.
The head of state was infected with the new coronavirus in July, and recovered after about twenty days, without feeling serious symptoms.
This country of continental dimensions and 212 million inhabitants is facing a powerful second wave of pandemic.
On Wednesday the record for new contaminations in 24 hours was broken (more than 70,000) and on Thursday the country returned to above 1,000 deaths due to COVID per day, for the first time since September 30.
Vaccination promises to be chaotic in Brazil, with a belated national immunization plan criticized from all sides and the dissuasive effect of presidential remarks on the motivation of Brazilians to be vaccinated.