The President of Brazil Jair Bolosonaro has launched an assault on corona virus vaccines, even suggesting that the one developed by Pfizer-BioNTech may flip individuals into crocodiles or bearded women. The far-right chief has been sceptical of the corona virus because it first emerged late final yr, branding it “just a little flu”. This week he insisted he wouldn’t be vaccinated, even whereas launching the nation’s mass inoculation program.

Bolsonaro stated on Thursday, “Within the Pfizer contract it’s very clear” ‘we’re not liable for any unwanted side effects’. If you happen to flip right into a crocodile, it’s your downside.”

That vaccine has been present process assessments in Brazil for weeks and is already being utilized in the US and Britain.

Referring to the drug producers, he stated, “If you happen to turn out to be a superhuman, if a girl begins to develop a beard or if a person begins to talk with an effeminate voice, they won’t have something to do with it.”

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When launching the immunization marketing campaign on Wednesday, Bolsonaro additionally stated it could be free however not obligatory. However the Supreme Courtroom on Thursday dominated that the vaccine was compulsory, though couldn’t be “pressured” on individuals.

Which means authorities can high-quality individuals for not being vaccinated and ban them from sure public areas, however not power them to take it. Brazil has recorded greater than 7.1 million circumstances and virtually 185,000 deaths from COVID-19 amongst its 212 million inhabitants.

Bolsonaro stated that when a vaccine has been licensed by Brazil’s regulatory company Anvisa, “will probably be out there for everybody that desires it. However me, I received’t get vaccinated. Some individuals say I’m giving a foul instance. However to the imbeciles, to the idiots that say this, I inform them I’ve already caught the virus; I’ve the antibodies, so why get vaccinated?”

There was a small variety of obvious re-infection though there is no such thing as a certainty over whether or not an individual may be re-infected or how lengthy immunity lasts. Bolsonaro caught the virus in July however recovered inside three weeks.

Brazil is in the midst of the second wave of corona virus infections. After peaking in June to August circumstances had been dropping however that modified in November.

The nation’s immunization program has been broadly criticized for being late and chaotic not least given Bolsonaro’s opposition.