Coronavirus

Maduro: Brazilian variant should be called “Bolsonaro mutation”

Plaza Francia de Altamira almost empty during the quarantine decreed by Nicolas Maduro
Plaza Francia de Altamira almost empty during the quarantine decreed by Nicolas Maduro. Photo: Regulo Gomez/Shutterstock

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has once again used the pandemic to attack his Brazilian counterpart Jair Bolsonaro. He says the P.1 coronavirus variant — commonly known as the Brazilian or Amazon variant — should be named the “Bolsonaro mutation” instead.

The increasingly authoritarian Mr. Maduro — who Brazil does not recognize as Venezuela’s legitimate president — has already imposed restrictions on the Brazil-Venezuela border and issued a formal accusation against the Bolsonaro government to the United Nations for “neglecting” the pandemic.

While Brazil has been singled out by the international community as a cautionary tale of how not to handle a pandemic, Mr. Maduro’s comments may come across as rich, as his administration faces accusations of concealing Covid-19 data in Venezuela.