Bolsonaro Boasts The Number of Vaccinations and Now Defends Immunization 'for The Economy to Work'

After criticizing vaccines, the president affirmed that Brazil will soon be first in number of vaccinations among countries


After downplaying the Covid-19 vaccine for months, President Jair Bolsonaro boasted the number of vaccinated people in Brazil on Tuesday and said the country would purchase vaccines approved by the National Health Surveillance Agency.

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro speaks during a ceremony at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil January 12, 2021. REUTERS/Adriano Machado - REUTERS

"I always said that any vaccine, once approved by Anvisa, would be purchased by the federal government. Last year we signed a Provisional Measure in December allocating a credit of R $ 20 billion for vaccinations and this is now a reality for us," declared Bolsonaro at an event at the Credit Suisse bank.

He also said that Brazil is the sixth "most vaccinated country in the world." "We are already the sixth country that has vaccinated the most in the world. Soon we will be in first place, to give more comfort to the population and security for everyone, so that our economy does not stop working."

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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