"I Will Not Get a Vaccine and That Is My Problem", Says Bolsonaro

President says he will give the green light to purchase and distribute vaccines authorized by Anvisa

President Jair Bolsonaro, who has already contracted the novel coronavirus this year, said that he will not be vaccinated against the coronavirus. But he added that he will give the green light to the purchase and apply all vaccines that are authorized by Anvisa (National Health Surveillance Agency).

This package also includes Coronavac, the vaccine that entered the middle of a dispute between the president and the São Paulo governor, João Doria (PSDB), his political rival. Doria announced the import, manufacture and until date of immunization independently of the federal government.

SÃO PAULO, SP, BRASIL, 15-12-2020: Jair Bolsonaro at the CEAGESP. (Foto: Bruno Santos/ Folhapress) - Folhapress

"I'm not going to get a vaccine, period. Is my life at risk? The problem is mine," said the president in an interview with Brasil Urgente, from Band, this Tuesday (15).

Bolsonaro said he would free up R $20 billion to buy vaccines and that vaccination should not be mandatory. "It is universal, available to anyone who wants to. But you have to be responsible. The manufacturer says that it is not responsible for any side effect," he said.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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