The president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, always makes controversial statements at the entrance of the Palacio da Alvorada, where a group of followers await him. On Monday, the president admitted that did not get vaccinated against coronavirus And till he speculated on the possibility of having been infected a second time without even knowing it, showing a test that measures antibodies in the blood, to justify his immunity.
«I did not give myself the vaccine. I am with 991. I think I was infected again and did not know it, “said the president. Bolsonaro was isolated in July last year for having contracted the virus and had mild symptoms of the disease, but on few occasions he respected the preventive measures recommended by doctors, Telam reported.
Bolsonaro’s statements coincided with a presentation by the Health Minister, Marcelo Queiroga, in a seminar of the Brazilian Association of Pharmacy and Drug Stores Networks (Abrafarma), where he stated that vaccination is “essential” for the recovery of the economy.
“We all know that containing the pandemic through mass vaccination, active surveillance to quickly detect possible new variants, and hygiene and public health measures is essential for the recovery of the global economy,” the official stressed.
Minister Queiroga reiterated his praise for Unified Health System (SUS), highlighting its relevance for the fight against the pandemic and the effects of its actions on the country’s economy, in the midst of a health crisis. The country has already been able to vaccinate with at least one dose about 67% of its population and 34% have already completed the scheme.
In fact, 18 state capitals, including Saint Paul and Rio de Janeiro, began on Monday giving a third dose to people who have undergone some type of transplant or who received the second dose (or single dose, in Janssen’s case) at least 28 days ago.
On Monday, Brazil registered 6,645 new coronavirus infections, accumulating 21,006,424 positive cases, according to data from the National Council of Secretaries of Health. The report also reveals 215 deaths in one day, bringing the total number of victims of the health emergency to 587,066.