Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro appeared to strongly criticize China, accusing it of creating COVID to trigger chemical ‘warfare’.
The comments were made at a press conference Wednesday as the hardline leader tried to further distance himself from growing attacks on his domestic response to a pandemic that has caused the world’s second highest death toll – at 414,399.
‘It’s a new virus. No one knows if it was born in a laboratory or because a human ate an animal he shouldn’t have, ”Bolsonaro.
‘But it is there. The military knows what chemical, bacteriological and radiological warfare. Aren’t we facing a new war? Which country has grown its GDP the most? I will not tell you.’
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Wednesday that China has created COVID-19 as a “ chemical, bacteriological and radiological warfare ”
According to data from John Hopkins University, Brazil has generated 414,399 confirmed deaths – second only to the United States. The South American nation has reported 14,930,183 cases, third after the US and India. Pictured above is Nossa Senhora Aparecida cemetery in Manaus, Brazil, where victims of COVID-19 are buried
A woman is vaccinated with the first dose of the Pfizer-Biontech COVID-19 vaccine in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday
Although Bolsonaro did not mention China in his speech, data from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development showed that China was the only G20 member whose GDP grew during the pandemic in 2020, growing 2.3%.
During the pandemic, Bolsonaro and his cabinet made inflammatory comments about China and the coronavirus outbreak that has killed 3,245,153 people since Thursday, according to John Hopkins University.
Brazil has generated 414,399 confirmed deaths – second only to the United States. The South American nation has reported 14,930,183 cases, third after the US and India. In contrast, China has only reported 4,846 deaths and 102,573 cases.
Bolsonaro may have tried to mend old wounds in March when he replaced former Secretary of State Ernesto Araujo, who denounced “Maoist China” and his plan for “world domination”, with career diplomat Carlos Franca.
Confirmed deaths and cases reported in Brazil from April 29 to May 5, according to data released by John Hopkins University. April 29 – 3,001 deaths and 69,389 deaths; April 30: 2,595 / 69,389; May 1: 2,656 / 66,964; May 2: 1,202 / 28,935; May 3: 983 / 24,619; May 4: 2,966 / 77,359; May 5: 2,811 / 73,295
The theory that COVID-19 emerged in a virology lab in Wuhan city is a sensitive topic for China, but a favorite of hardline supporters of both Bolsonaro and his political role model, former US President Donald Trump.
Rober Redfield, the former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under the Trump administration, told CNN in March that the coronavirus had progressed from the Wuhan Institute of Virology and that the virus had spread through China several months before the government announced it. discovered.
China and Dr. Anthony Fauci have denied the theory.
Rio de Janeiro municipal health secretary Daniel Soranz (left) vaccinates a man in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday with a first dose of the Pfizer-Biontech coronavirus vaccine. Brazil’s Ministry of Health has received the first million doses of the Pfizer-Biontech immunization shot distributed across the country’s major cities
Paramedics take couple from ambulance to hospital emergency room after reporting coronavirus symptoms Monday
Workers bury a COVID-19 victim at Nossa Senhora Aparecida Cemetery, in Manaus, Brazil, on March 1
A study released by the World Health Organization in March indicated that transmission of the virus from bats to humans through another animal was the most likely scenario and a lab leak was “extremely unlikely.”
However, WHO experts said they had encountered difficulties accessing raw data when they visited Wuhan.
At the press conference, Bolsonaro, who was infected with the virus in July 2020 and compared it to a ‘minor flu’, denounced those who questioned the use of the antimalarial drugs chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine as treatment methods against COVID-19.
The use of both drugs in patients who are sick with the coronavirus has not been proven.
“A villain is someone who is against early treatment and has no alternative,” he said. ‘This is a villain. Everyone knows what I took (to treat COVID-19). I dare say that millions of people have had this treatment. Why is it against? ‘
Former Health Minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta testified before the Senate on Tuesday, saying Bolsonaro had considered issuing a decree to officially expand the use of chloroquine for COVID-19 patients in Brazil, although studies found this ineffective.
The government’s continued promotion of chloroquine and a less toxic version, hydroxychloroquine, is expected to be one of the major lines of research from lawmakers.
Mandetta said he had been called to a meeting at the presidential palace where he saw a draft decree on the table to extend the use of chloroquine to COVID-19 treatment. He said the president of the Brazilian health regulator was also in attendance and declined to find out about the decree.
“ The only guideline on chloroquine that came from the (health) ministry was for compassionate use, while there was no other resource for critical patients, ” said Mandetta, who was fired by Bolsonaro in April 2020. ‘Our guidance was based on science. He (Bolsonaro) was given parallel counseling. ‘