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Former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva proposed to U.S. President Joe Biden that his country donates to Brazil part of its Covid-19 vaccine surplus.
In a recent conversation with CNN journalist Christiane Amanpour, Lula suggested the possibility that the U.S. could donate part of its surplus stock of vaccines to countries in dire need, such as Brazil: "I do know that the United States has stocks of vaccines and it is not going to use them all. Perhaps these vaccine doses could be donated to Brazil or to poorer countries that cannot afford to pay," Lula said to Amanpour.
He also commented on the possibility of the U.S. donating 10 million AstraZeneca vaccine doses currently not being used.
Posted on local media, news portals, and social networks, Lula also recommended that Biden call a G20 meeting.
Lula is invited by Christiane Amanpour and asks for an urgent G20 meeting to ensure vaccination in Brazil: "I cannot ask my president that because I do not trust him, as I did not trust Trump. But Biden is a breath of democracy in world." https://t.co/q2JMtLljqi
"It is urgent to call for the main world leaders and put on the table one single issue: vaccine, vaccine, vaccine," Lula insisted.
He also stated that he directed his request to Joe Biden because he does not believe in the Jair Bolsonaro administration. "Nor could I ask Donald Trump, but Biden is a new breath for democracy," he remarked.
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