Coronavirus

Brazil goes through second Health Minister in under a month

With nothing to show for, Nelson Teich quits as Brazil's Health Minister — over disagreements with Jair Bolsonaro on using chloroquine to treat Covid-19

Brazil goes through second Health Minister in under a month
Nelson Teich, who resigned from the Health Ministry after 28 days. Photo: Júlio NascimentoPR

On April 16, President Jair Bolsonaro fired then-Health Minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta after weeks of bickering over social isolation guidelines and the recommendation of chloroquine — an antimalarial drug with unproven effects on Covid-19 patients — as a “possible cure” for the coronavirus. With Mr. Mandetta gone, the president appointed oncologist Nelson Teich, who promised “total alignment” with the government. However, less than one month later, Nelson Teich resigned for the same reasons as his predecessor: disagreements over social isolation guidelines and the recommendation of chloroquine as a “possible cure” for the coronavirus. Jair Bolsonaro will now have to appoint...

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