Government Tried to Get US Oxygen Donation for 9 Days, while Venezuela Has already Made Three Shipments to Manaus

Brazilian Chancellor also sought to guarantee airplanes for the transportation of the inputs with Americans, Israelis and Chileans


President Jair Bolsonaro (no party) and his government tried, for nine days, to secure a donation of liquid oxygen from the United States to the Amazon. However, according to a document from the President's chief of staff about actions to resolve the crisis in the state, it was not successful until late Monday afternoon (25).

In the same period, Venezuela—a country under the regime of dictator Nicolás Maduro and criticized by the president and his allies—had already delivered three shipments of oxygen to Manaus. This month, the capital of Amazonas faces a resurgence in the Covid-19 pandemic.

A Venezuelan truck driver holds a national flag as he and others arrive to Brazil bringing oxygen to assist Covid-19 patients in Manaus, Amazonas state, Brazil, on January 19, 2021. - Under an overwhelming heat, dozens of people have been waiting for 12 hours to fill oxygen tanks and try to save the lives of their loved ones in Manaus, a Brazilian city plunged into chaos by the explosion of Covid-19 cases. (Photo by MARCIO JAMES / AFP) - AFP

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs requested oxygen from the American government. The negotiations began on January 17, when Donald Trump, of whom Bolsonaro was an ally, was on his way out of the White House and continued after the inauguration of Democrat Joe Biden on the 20th.

The Brazilian president was one of the last world leaders to acknowledge Biden's victory and claimed fraud in the election of the Democrat, adding fuel to Trump's speech until the end of the power transition in the U.S.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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