Brazil’s Bolsonaro Rejects COVID-19 Shot, Calls Masks Taboo

The Brazilian president's comments alarmed health experts who said they could undermine efforts to achieve vaccination levels essential to halting the pandemic.

  • Published 27 November 2020
Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro smiles behind his Economy Minister Paulo Guedes during a ceremony on a program to increase public sector efficiency at the Planalto presidential palace, in Brasilia, Brazil, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020 (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
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SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro says he won’t take any working COVID-19 vaccine himself and calls the use of masks to limit the spread of the disease “the last taboo to fall.” Bolsonaro’s comments, broadcast on his social media channels Thursday night, alarmed health experts who said they could undermine efforts to achieve vaccination levels essential to halting the pandemic and might scare off vaccine makers negotiating with local authorities. Bolsonaro also…

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