Today, the Supreme Court rules on making vaccines obligatory. Google hit with a fine from a São Paulo court. Another major car factory closes down.
Dear reader, this is our final Daily Briefing of 2020. The Brazilian Report newsroom will take an end-of-year break between December 20 and January 3, 2021, before returning on January 4. In the meantime, we will continue publishing exclusive content about Brazil and Latin America.
2021: A make or break year for Brazil?
In 2021, President Jair Bolsonaro will have to walk a dangerous tightrope. He must lead the country into economic recovery — which requires the approval of structural reforms — while preserving his political capital among the electorate. Welfare programs are set to expire completely at the end of the year due to budgetary constraints. Without a safety net, Brazil’s record unemployment rate could explode, fueling social dissatisfaction.
History tells us that the combination of poor economic performance and low popularity is a dangerous cocktail for Brazilian presidents. For Mr. Bolsonaro, 2021 will determine whether he will go down as the man who steered Brazil out of the coronavirus crisis, or if his administration will implode along the way.
To learn about the challenges Brazil will face in 2021, we have prepared an exclusive special report. Take a peek at the table of contents:
- Vaccines race will decide Brazil’s coronavirus fate
- Economy: Brazil avoids the worst but future remains open-ended
- Brazilian agro faces enormous pressure
- Big capital tries to force Brazil to go green
- Congress leadership vote key to government’s success
- How to mend fences with top trading partners
- Tech gap a major bottleneck for 2021
Supreme Court makes coronavirus vaccines mandatory
When coronavirus vaccines are finally available in Brazil, citizens will be obligated to get their shots.