Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has confirmed that he will not be getting vaccinated against Covid-19.
Saying that he would be the “last Brazilian” to do so, Bolsonaro has generated controversy over his handling of the Covid-19 pandemic in Brazil while downplaying the seriousness of the virus.
During an interview with Jovem pam, the 66-year-old stated, “I’ve decided not to get vaccinated. I’m looking at new studies, I already have the highest immunisation, why would I get vaccinated?”
He added, “It would be the same as betting 10 reais on the lottery to win two. It doesn’t make sense.”
After contracting the virus back in July 2020, Bolsonaro has repeatedly claimed that the tests have shown that he has a large number of antibodies to fight the virus and does not need to be vaccinated.
He has also expressed opposition towards vaccine passes, which only allow vaccinated individuals to take part in certain activities such as indoor dining.
“For me, freedom comes before everything else. If a citizen doesn’t want to get vaccinated, that’s his right and that’s the end of it,”.
Brazil’s Covid-19 death rate has surpassed 600,000, which is the second-worst death toll in the world next to the United States.
In relation to the country’s vaccine rollout, nearly 100 million of Brazil’s 213 million population is entirely vaccinated with a further 50 million receiving at least one dose.
IMAGE – “24/04/2020 Pronunciamento do Presidente da República, Jair Bolsonaro” by Palácio do Planalto is licensed under CC BY 2.0