Brazil Daily

Brazil has a new Health Minister

Jair Bolsonaro bins his Health Minister just as Covid-19 cases are expected to skyrocket — and he will be held solely accountable for the pandemic's progression in Brazil

In an unsurprising move, Jair Bolsonaro fired Health Minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta this afternoon. As our Daily Briefing informed this morning, tensions between the two have been brewing for weeks — with Mr. Mandetta and President Jair Bolsonaro defending completely opposite strategies to deal with the pandemic. The former minister is in favor of broad social isolation, while the president wants to switch the economy back on, urging people to return to work despite public health concerns. Furthermore, Mr. Mandetta and the president butted heads over the use of antimalarial drug chloroquine to treat Covid-19. Its efficacy against the...

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