Data from a recent World Bank's survey indicate that President Jair Bolsonaro's anti-vax discourse is not supported even among those who voted for him.
On Tuesday, Brazil's Foreign Affairs Ministry Carlos Franca indicated that his country will use the Sputnik V vaccine as soon as the World Health Organization (WHO) approves it.
"We must bring positions between our regulatory agencies to withdraw the current demand," he said after a meeting with the Russian Foreign Affairs Ministry Sergey Lavrov, with whom he signed a diplomatic consultation agreement that will be in force until 2025.
Previously, the Brazilian Health Regulatory Agency (ANVISA) approved the use of Sputnik V "with some conditions" and its officials recently visited Russia to learn about some technical characteristics of this COVID-19 vaccine.
Besides highlighting that Brazilian pharmaceutical companies such as Uniao Quimica have already signed agreements to produce Sputnik V, Franca indicated that 12.5 percent of Brazilians have already been fully immunized.
Em meio a pandemia do Covid-19 e a incompetência do desgoverno Bolsonaro muitas pessoas perderam seus empregos em Uberlândia. Mas graças a solidariedade de algumas pessoas e instituições as cozinhas comunitárias estão garantindo o mínimo para que estas famílias sobrevivam. pic.twitter.com/4SpxNYMxqP— Gilmar Machado (@GilmarMachado_) November 30, 2021
The tweet reads, "Amid the COVID-19 pandemic and Bolsonaro's incompetence to govern, many people lost their jobs in Uberlandia. However, thanks to the solidarity of some people and institutions, community kitchens are guaranteeing the minimum for these families to survive."
On Monday, Brazilian media published a World Bank’s investigation on the levels of rejection of the COVID-19 vaccine in 24 Latin American countries. The data obtained indicate that President Jair Bolsonaro's anti-vax discourse is not supported even among those who voted for him.
According to this the WB survey, the highest rates of vaccine rejection are registered in Haiti, Jamaica, Dominica, and Saint Lucia. While 8 percent of Latin Americans do not want to be vaccinated against COVID-19, only 3 percent of Brazilians would not accept a vaccine.
"Bolsonaro's repeated statements casting doubts about the safety and efficacy of immunization have not found adherence in the Brazilian population," outlet UOL commented.
With a record 2842 Covid 19 deaths in the last 24 hours in Brazil, anger is mounting over the news that the US government pressured President Bolsonaro against purchasing the Sputnik V vaccine. My report for From the South. @telesurenglish pic.twitter.com/NWDiHSkzBj— BrianMier (@BrianMteleSUR) March 16, 2021