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Chloroquine could see a third Brazilian Health Minister fired

Marcelo Queiroga already lacked his staff’s backing, having fallen in with President Bolsonaro's Covid-19 denialism. But now, he may have lost his boss’s support too

Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga during a ceremony at the presidential palace. Photo: Frederico Brasil/Futura Press/Folhapress
Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga during a ceremony at the presidential palace. Photo: Frederico Brasil/Futura Press/Folhapress

Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga has been put in the hot seat. On Thursday, the National Committee for Implementing Technology in the Brazilian Public Health System (Conitec) was supposed to vote on a report (read here) condemning so-called “early treatment” for Covid-19. However, political pressure from the upper echelons of government saw to it that the vote was canceled. 

“Early treatment” refers here to a cocktail of drugs with no proven effect against Covid-19, but which has been adopted by allies of President Jair Bolsonaro as a possible cure for the coronavirus. 

Since the early days of the pandemic –...

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