Thousands of people are protesting against President Paul Air Bolsonaro’s epidemic, as Brazil, the world’s second-largest victim of COVID, exceeds 500,000.
Thousands took to the streets in Brazil to protest President Air Bolsonaro’s epidemic, blowing up a leader for not getting the vaccine fast enough to question the need to wear a mask.
The protests came as Brazil’s health minister said the country had exceeded 500,000 deaths from COVID-19, the world’s second-highest victim after the United States.
“I work tirelessly to vaccinate all Brazilians as soon as possible to change this scenario that has plagued us for more than a year,” Marcelo Keiroga said on Twitter.
Brazil reports more than 70,000 confirmed coronavirus infections every day. According to the Ministry of Health, 11% of Brazilians are fully vaccinated, and 29% received the first dose.
The government has been widely criticized for imparting earlier opportunities to buy vaccines. Pharmaceutical company Pfizer said it had not yet received a response to its early proposals to sell vaccines to the government from August to November last year.
“We are protesting against the government of the genocidal Bolsonaro, which has not bought vaccines and has done nothing in the last year to take care of its people,” said Aline Rabello, 36, at the National Trade Center in Brazil.
Bolsonaro’s press office did not immediately comment.
Brazil’s largest broadcaster, Globo, reported protests in at least 44 cities in 20 states early in the afternoon. Demonstrators raised placards demanding that Bolsonaro be removed from office, chanting and beating percussion instruments.
Although organizers promised the largest rallies to date in more than 300 cities, Saturday morning rallies in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, did not appear to be larger than the large-scale protests in late May 29.
Protests were scheduled to begin in the afternoon in Brazil’s largest city, Sao Paulo.
A special Senate committee is examining the Bolsonaro administration’s epidemic response, highlighting the government’s delayed efforts to obtain vaccines, prioritizing unproven COVID-19 treatments.