Explaining Brazil #194: Jair calls time on the pandemic

After over two years and more than 660,000 deaths in Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro is claiming "victory" over Covid-19 — but the government deserves no credit after its hapless pandemic response

On Sunday, Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga announced that Brazil would lift its coronavirus public health emergency, declared back in February 2020. The government is claiming victory over Covid just as the presidential election approaches. But calling Brazil’s pandemic response a success would be impossible by any stretch of the imagination.

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  • Euan Marshall is an editor at The Brazilian Report and also hosts the Explaining Brazil podcast in the absence of Gustavo Ribeiro.

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