Michele Bolsonaro has been accused of undermining the credibility of Brazil’s vaccination campaign by choosing to get a shot abroad.
Michelle Bolsonaro, wife of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, with a Covid vaccine this week in New York. “Vaccination is a personal decision. For example, my wife decided to get a vaccine in the United States. This was said by the far-right head of state in an interview published Friday by Vega magazine.
Jair Bolsonaro, who confirmed he would be the “last” Brazilian to be vaccinated? , was in New York on Monday and Tuesday, where, by tradition, he delivered the inaugural address to the United Nations General Assembly. In an interview with online media G1, some politicians and infectious disease specialists criticized the first lady’s decision, believing that she “disdained” the vaccination campaign against public order in Brazil.
“First of all, you have to congratulate her for getting her vaccinated. The vaccine saves 10 out of 10,” Senator Omar Aziz said. On the other hand, “0 out of 10 because the vaccine was injected in the United States is the same as the one in Brazil. So it could have been vaccinated here. Showing the Brazilians that they are immune is a good example. There we had already seen a true patriot, and not an unwanted patriot.”
Epidemiologist Pedro Halal told G1 that these injections, which were made abroad, “show contempt for the SUS (public health system) and all Brazilians. It shows distrust.” After the protest, the government explained that Michele Bolsonaro had taken a PCR test to return to Brazil.
At the time, a doctor asked her if she wanted to “seize the opportunity of being vaccinated,” and “because she was already planning to get vaccinated, she decided to accept it.” “The First Lady reiterates her admiration and respect for the Brazilian health system, especially the professionals in this sector who are unremittingly committed to the health of the population,” she said in a statement.
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