Bolsonaro’s statement took place during his usual video transmission on social networks, in which, among other topics, he once again defended what he calls “early treatment” against covid-19, a set of drugs with no efficacy against the disease, such as chloroquine, hydroxychloroquine, azithromycin, and nitazoxanide.
“I saw a debauchery (joking) of a Portuguese television on us. I don’t know saw this movie there. The reporter speaking that he interviewed (Hamilton) Mourão (vice president of Brazil). They asked what Mourão took (when he was infected) and he said: ‘I took that’“, began by counting Bolsonaro.
“Then, the Brazilian reporter asks: `did you take it? But there is no scientific proof against covid-19! `And Mourão replied: `but I’m alive`. Joke in Portugal. Joke! “, criticized the Brazilian representative.
After being diagnosed with covid-19 in December last year, Hamilton Mourão used hydroxychloroquine, azithromycin and nitazoxanide, according to the vice-presidency’s own office at the time.
According to the head of state, those who speak against “early treatment” “shudder” and “speak thin” when they present a positive diagnosis of the disease and start to “take something”.
Bolsonaro advised Brazilians infected with the new coronavirus to look for a health professional, assuring that the “majority of doctors” with whom he has been talking will prescribe these drugs to their patients.
The Brazilian leader also insinuated that Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga, who is in quarantine in the United States of America (USA) after being infected during his visit to the United Nations General Assembly, may have used ineffective drugs against covid-19.
“I want the press, when Queiroga returns to Brazil… You won’t have the courage to ask, but there will be a reporter who will. ‘Mr Marcelo Queiroga, you are vaccinated with both doses, you are a man who has never been seen without a mask in Brazil and contracted the virus’. Nobody wants to say that the vaccine is useless. Ask him if he had any initial treatment in the US“, he said.
Jair Bolsonaro, one of the world’s most skeptical heads of state about the pandemic’s severity, returned on Thursday to questioning the vaccines’ effectiveness, suggesting that drugmakers compared some “commercial interest” with the third dose against the disease. .
“Why this pressure for vaccine? Is there commercial interest? Well, folks, wasn’t one or two drinks enough? How could companies not say it was like that? Well, if you have the third dose, it has to be free, or not? Isn’t it consumer right?“, asked the agent.
Bolsonaro, who refuses the label “denier”, also said that the vaccine “is not recommended” for those who have already been infected because, according to the president, whoever contracted the coronavirus “has more than any vaccine”, an argument used by himself to justify the fact that they have not yet received the immunizing agent.
Brazil is the Portuguese-speaking country most affected by the pandemic and one of the most affected in the world, totaling 596,749 deaths and 21.4 million infections by the new coronavirus.
Covid-19 has caused at least 4,771,320 deaths worldwide, out of 233.23 million infections with the new coronavirus registered since the start of the pandemic, according to the latest report by the Agence France-Presse.