Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro mentioned on Thursday that the well being minister was getting ready a measure to not require face masks for individuals who have been vaccinated for the coronavirus or beforehand contaminated.
Bolsonaro, who has opposed lockdowns and social distancing regardless of his nation having the second-deadliest coronavirus outbreak, mentioned in a speech that quarantines ought to be just for contaminated folks.
“They’re helpful for people who find themselves contaminated,” he mentioned, including: “Quarantines are for many who are contaminated.”
Well being Minister Marcelo Queiroga mentioned Bolsonaro has requested him for a research on using masks in Brazil.
The minister, nonetheless, testified this week earlier than a Senate fee of inquiry that masks ought to be used to stop transmission. He additionally contradicted Bolsonaro on using hydroxychloroquine, saying there was no proof the anti-malaria drug is efficient in treating COVID-19 sufferers.
On a weekly webcast to his supporters, Bolsonaro defended using chloroquine and mentioned it had helped cut back COVID-19 deaths in Brazil, which he maintained have been over-reported by together with fatalities attributable to different diseases.
Greater than 480,000 Brazilians have died from COVID-19, the second worst dying depend outdoors of america.
In the meantime, Brazil’s vaccination program has been sluggish to get off the bottom and the Senate inquiry is investigating whether or not Bolsonaro, a vaccine skeptic, intentionally delayed securing well timed provides.
Solely 23.6% of Brazil’s inhabitants has acquired a primary dose and simply 10.2% have been absolutely vaccinated with two doses, in line with well being ministry knowledge.
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