Coronavirus

Bolsonaro administration forced to change its tune after vaccine ‘defeat’

Brazil's president is likely to be the only head of state in the world to be angered by the beginning of Covid-19 vaccination efforts

Jair Bolsonaro struggling with a face mask. Photo: Antonio Scorza/Shutterstock
Jair Bolsonaro struggling with a facemask. Photo: Antonio Scorza/Shutterstock

It has become increasingly clear that Brazil’s far-right President Jair Bolsonaro has lost the vaccine battle. After health regulators approved the temporary use of two coronavirus immunizers on Sunday afternoon — which was followed by the immediate start of vaccination in the state of São Paulo — Mr. Bolsonaro fell silent.

Indeed, after what was a momentous moment for the country in its fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, Mr. Bolsonaro’s first utterance on social media came almost 24 hours later and was completely unrelated to Brazil’s first coronavirus vaccinations. Instead, he tweeted about the opening of a highway flyover...

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