Brazil’s Handling of COVID-19 Is a Global Emergency

By Ilona Szabó de Carvalho

Even with deaths at all-time highs, Bolsonaro continues to undermine efforts to address the pandemic.

Brazil’s catastrophic mismanagement of the COVID-19 pandemic is going from bad to worse. Under President Jair Bolsonaro’s watch, the country has registered roughly 260,000 COVID-19-related deaths and more than 10.7 million infections. Today it is one of just a few large countries where cases and deaths are still rising – and to new records. Intensive care units are nearing capacity in 19 of Brazil’s 26 states. Just 3.8% of the population has been vaccinated. An average of 1,220 people per day are believed to have died from COVID-19 over the past week, the highest level since the...

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