Opinion

How much of a role will Covid play in the Brazilian election?

Politics around the world have felt the effects of the pandemic, to varying degrees. For Jair Bolsonaro, an aggravated coronavirus spread during the campaign could be the final nail in his coffin

covid "Lives matter," reads a placard in a May 2021 demonstration against Jair Bolsonaro's pandemic response. Photo: Dado Photos/Shutterstock
“Lives matter,” reads a placard in a May 2021 demonstration against Jair Bolsonaro’s pandemic response. Photo: Dado Photos/Shutterstock

Covid caused unspeakable tragedy in Brazil and around the world. With over 660,000 recorded deaths to date — and scores of Brazilians still dying from the disease every day — the long-term public health consequences of the pandemic remain difficult to measure or forecast. 

However, when it comes to the political fallout from the crisis, Brazil may be about to get some answers in less than six months.

At the beginning of the health crisis, analysts were split as to how the coronavirus would affect political popularity. Some believed that a strong response to the pandemic would be an open...

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