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The new person in charge of the health of millions of Brazilians made his career in the logistics area and specializes in aerospace policies and strategies.
Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro Saturday appointed General Eduardo Pazuello as Acting Health Minister amidst the crisis prompted by the resignation of the last two health ministers, both of whom disagreed with the President's vision on how to fight the pandemic.
"General Pazuello temporarily assumes the Ministry. Look at his resume that includes various awards for his work," says an official publication that lists the positions held by the military, none of which is closely related to health issues.
Pazzuello trained as a parachutist at the Agujas Negras Military Academy and specialized in aerospace policies and strategies.
For most of his career in the Army, he held positions in the logistics area. For example, he was the Army's logistics coordinator during the 2016 Olympic Games and commander of the logistics base at the "triple border" in Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay.
Until Friday, the paratrooper general was serving as Deputy Health Minister and logistics coordinator for Operation Reception, an initiative launched by the Brazilian government to receive Venezuelans crossing the border.