Bolsonaro appoints new Minister of Health amid new wave of Covid-19

Jair Bolsonaro, president of Brazil, announced on the night of Monday, March 15, that he had decided appoint your fourth Minister of Health since the start of the pandemic, when the country has been hit hard by a new wave of Covid-19.

In a brief meeting with his supporters at the presidential palace, Jair Bolsonaro said: “I decided tonight to name Marcelo Queiroga Minister of Health, replacing Eduardo Pazuello “before adding that the transition” should take two to three weeks. “General Eduardo Pazuello, without medical experience, had been appointed to this position in May 2020 after the resignation of the Oncologist Nelson Teich Less than a month after his appointment, the latter had been dismissed for “incompatibilities” with the head of state.

The appointment of Marcelo Queiroga, president of the Brazilian Society of Cardiology (SBC), occurs as Bolsonaro’s government is the target of criticism for its chaotic handling of the health crisis and his denial of the seriousness of the epidemic. According to the Brazilian head of state “Marcelo Queiroga” he has everything I think is needed to do a good job, in the continuity of what Pazuello has done so far. “

Brazil, second country most affected by the pandemic

Brazil is the second country most affected by the pandemic, with almost 280,000 dead. Vaccination did not begin until mid-January, with only the AstraZeneca and CoronaVac vaccines, from the Chinese laboratory Sinovac. Continue at a slow pace due to lack of dose. About 9.8 million people received the first dose, which is only 4.6% of the population.

On Monday, March 15, Eduardo Pazuello announced that the government had bought 100 million doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to be delivered in September. Additionally, 38 million doses of the Janssen vaccine are expected to be delivered from Johnson & Johnson’s laboratory in the second half of the year.

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