Can Brazil Survive Bolsonaro’s Disastrous COVID-19 Response?

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, front left, attends a flag raising ceremony outside Alvorada palace, the presidential residence in Brasilia, Brazil, May 12, 2020 (AP photo by Eraldo Peres).
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, front left, attends a flag raising ceremony outside Alvorada palace, the presidential residence in Brasilia, Brazil, May 12, 2020 (AP photo by Eraldo Peres).

“Perhaps the biggest threat to Brazil’s COVID-19 response is its president, Jair Bolsonaro,” says The Lancet, a British medical journal. Bolsonaro famously referred to COVID-19 as a “measly cold” and continues to openly flout and actively discourage the life-saving restrictions on movement and physical distancing that have become commonplace around the world. But Bolsonaro’s callous disregard for the suffering of his own citizens is not the only scandal dogging him. On April 24, one the star members of his right-wing government, Justice Minister Sergio Moro, resigned in protest over Bolsonaro’s firing of the national police chief. The Lancet’s editorial also […]

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