BRAZIL (Reuters) – Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said Thursday night he would not receive a coronavirus vaccine, the latest in a series of statements he has expressed skepticism about coronavirus vaccination programs.
In statements broadcast live on multiple social media platforms, the right-wing leader added that Congress is unlikely to require Brazilians to get vaccinated.
Brazil has the second-highest coronavirus death in the world, and Bolsonaro has been reducing the severity of the pandemic for months, despite being infected with the virus in July.
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Bolsonaro also expressed skepticism about the effectiveness of wearing masks during transmission, suggesting that there is little convincing evidence of the effectiveness of masks to stop the transmission of the virus.
The president has repeatedly said that Brazilians will not be required to be vaccinated when the coronavirus vaccine becomes widely available. In October, he joked on Twitter that vaccination would only be required for his dog.
Report by Ricardo Brito; Writing by Gram Slattery; Edited by Anna Nicolachi da Costa