Armed Forces want Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello out of the military

Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello (left) hugs President Jair Bolsonaro. Photo: Carolina Antunes/PR

Senior military officers have increased their pressure on Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello, calling on him to either retire as an Army general or leave the cabinet. They fear that his poor performance managing the coronavirus crisis will dent the Armed Forces’ reputation.

Criticism of Mr. Pazuello has gained traction after reports that 6.8 million coronavirus test kits are set to go to waste, as they expire in December. Mr. Pazuello took over the Health Ministry on an interim basis in April after the departure of two ministers, Luiz Henrique Mandetta and Nelson Teich.

Both resigned from the government for the same reasons: disagreements over social isolation guidelines and the recommendation of chloroquine as a “possible cure” for the coronavirus.

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