Coronavirus

Has Health Minister Mandetta become unfireable?

President Bolsonaro had decided to sack his increasingly popular Health Minister on Monday afternoon, but was talked down by military allies

Brazil's Jair Bolsonaro at war with his Health minister
Health Minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta (with the white mask), and President Bolsonaro. Photo:

On Monday afternoon, aides of Brazil’s Health Minister were told to clean out their desks, as President Jair Bolsonaro appeared set to “use his pen” and sack ministry head Luiz Henrique Mandetta, after weeks of squabbles over his handling of the Covid-19 crisis. By the evening, however, Mr. Bolsonaro had been talked off the ledge by the military members of his cabinet, and Mr. Mandetta remains the country’s Health Minister — for now.

Since the Covid-19 pandemic reached Brazil in March, President Jair Bolsonaro and his Health Minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta have been in a gradually escalating...

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