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Brazilian media reported that protests had been held in all 26 states as well as the capital Brasilia.(AP)

Brazilians protest Bolsonaro's role in half a million Covid-19 deaths

Reuters | , Brasilia/rio De Janeiro
PUBLISHED ON JUN 20, 2021 05:06 AM IST
The government faces fierce criticism for passing up early opportunities to buy vaccines. Pharmaceutical maker Pfizer said it got no response to offers to sell vaccines to the government between August and November last year.
The procession of cyclists wound out of the city and back, arriving at Ibirapuera Park, where Jair Bolsonaro clambered atop a car to defend his denunciation of masks for the vaccinated.(AP)
The procession of cyclists wound out of the city and back, arriving at Ibirapuera Park, where Jair Bolsonaro clambered atop a car to defend his denunciation of masks for the vaccinated.(AP)

Brazil's Bolsonaro fined for flouting Covid-19 mask rule during motorcycle rally

PTI | , Sao Paulo
PUBLISHED ON JUN 13, 2021 02:05 AM IST
Sao Paulo's state government press office said a fine — equivalent to about $110 — would be imposed for violation of a rule that has required masks in public places since May 2020.
Jair Bolsonaro, who comes up for re-election in October 2022, has drawn backlash with his handling of the pandemic in hard-hit Brazil.(AFP)
Jair Bolsonaro, who comes up for re-election in October 2022, has drawn backlash with his handling of the pandemic in hard-hit Brazil.(AFP)

Brazil: President Jair Bolsonaro overhauls cabinet amid Covid-19 surge

AFP |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 30, 2021 05:10 AM IST
The shake-up comes the week after Bolsonaro replaced former health minister Eduardo Pazuello, an army general with no medical experience, with cardiologist Marcelo Queiroga, his fourth health minister of the pandemic.
Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro wears a mask with his name during a ceremony to announce investments for the Aguas Brasileiras Program at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, March 22, 2021. (Reuters)
Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro wears a mask with his name during a ceremony to announce investments for the Aguas Brasileiras Program at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, March 22, 2021. (Reuters)

'Psychopathic leader': Brazil governor says Bolsonaro mishandled Covid-19 crisis

Posted by hindustantimes.com | Edited by Joydeep Bose
PUBLISHED ON MAR 23, 2021 03:26 PM IST
The latest wave of Covid-19, fueled by a local, more contagious variant of the coronavirus, is pushing many Brazilian hospitals to the breaking point
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.(AFP)
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.(AFP)

Brazilian president Bolsonaro faces record disapproval rating over Covid

Reuters | | Written by Harshit Sabarwal, Sao Paulo
PUBLISHED ON MAR 17, 2021 06:35 PM IST
The Datafolha poll published by the Folha de S.Paulo newspaper late on Tuesday showed 54% of respondents regard Bolsonaro's handling of the crisis as bad or very bad.
Lula, the alternately revered and reviled leftist who led Brazil through an economic boom from 2003 to 2010, regained the right to run for office Monday when a Supreme Court judge annulled his corruption convictions on procedural grounds, sending them to another court.(REUTERS)
Lula, the alternately revered and reviled leftist who led Brazil through an economic boom from 2003 to 2010, regained the right to run for office Monday when a Supreme Court judge annulled his corruption convictions on procedural grounds, sending them to another court.(REUTERS)

Lula da Silva makes his political comeback when Jair Bolsonaro least expects it

AFP |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 13, 2021 07:41 AM IST
But it only took two days for the far-right leader to start looking worried at the prospect of a heavyweight showdown years in the making: Bolsonaro vs. Lula in 2022.
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launches the Brazilian satellite Amazonia-1 from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota.(PTI)
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launches the Brazilian satellite Amazonia-1 from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota.(PTI)

PM Modi congratulates Bolsonaro on successful launch of Amazonia-1 satellite

By hindustantimes.com, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 28, 2021 01:54 PM IST
  • The launch took place from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.
Health workers wait for a discharged Covid-19 patient before his departure from the Luziania field hospital, a suburb of Brasilia, Brazil, (AP)
Health workers wait for a discharged Covid-19 patient before his departure from the Luziania field hospital, a suburb of Brasilia, Brazil, (AP)

Brasilia goes into lockdown as Brazil reels from Covid-19 surge

Reuters | , Brasilia
PUBLISHED ON FEB 27, 2021 06:11 AM IST
The drastic step came as right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro, who has repeatedly downplayed the gravity of the pandemic that has killed 250,000 Brazilians, renewed his attacks on state governors for destroying jobs with lockdowns.
Brazilians have grown increasingly irate at the slow pace of Brazil's vaccine rollout, which began last weekend but remains blighted with few vaccines to inoculate the country's 210 million people.(Reuters)
Brazilians have grown increasingly irate at the slow pace of Brazil's vaccine rollout, which began last weekend but remains blighted with few vaccines to inoculate the country's 210 million people.(Reuters)

Jair Bolsonaro's support falls but a majority reject impeachment, polls show

Reuters | , Rio De Janeiro
PUBLISHED ON JAN 23, 2021 10:03 PM IST
According to one of the polls, Bolsonaro's administration was rated as bad or terrible by 40% of respondents, up from 32% in an early-December survey.
Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro(Reuters)
Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro(Reuters)

Brazil's Bolsonaro sabotaged anti-Covid efforts, says Human Rights Watch

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON JAN 13, 2021 05:38 PM IST
Bolsonaro has consistently downplayed the gravity of Covid-19, calling it "a little flu" and criticizing lockdowns and social distancing measures. HRW said he has disseminated misleading information about the virus.
Bolsonaro wrote that Brazil’s states and municipalities have enough supplies to begin vaccinations, which are expected to start by the end of the month.(Reuters file photo)
Bolsonaro wrote that Brazil’s states and municipalities have enough supplies to begin vaccinations, which are expected to start by the end of the month.(Reuters file photo)

Brazil's Bolsonaro asks India to expedite Covid vaccine shipment as delays loom

Reuters | , Rio De Janeiro
PUBLISHED ON JAN 09, 2021 10:40 AM IST
Earlier, Fiocruz requested an emergency use authorization for AstraZeneca vaccines coming from India.
FILE PHOTO: Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro looks on as he adjusts his protective face mask during a ceremony launching a program to expand access to credit at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, August 19, 2020. REUTERS/Adriano Machado/File Photo(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro looks on as he adjusts his protective face mask during a ceremony launching a program to expand access to credit at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, August 19, 2020. REUTERS/Adriano Machado/File Photo(REUTERS)

Brazil President Bolsonaro asks India to expedite vaccine shipment

Reuters |
UPDATED ON JAN 09, 2021 09:33 AM IST
Bolsonaro's letter, released by his press office, comes amid growing pressure to speed up Brazil's vaccine rollout and end the world's second-deadliest coronavirus outbreak.
Bolsonaro wrote that Brazil’s states and municipalities have enough supplies to begin vaccinations, which are expected to start by the end of the month.(Reuters file photo)
Bolsonaro wrote that Brazil’s states and municipalities have enough supplies to begin vaccinations, which are expected to start by the end of the month.(Reuters file photo)

Jair Bolsonaro blasts Brazil’s syringe makers over soaring prices

Brasilia | By Reuters| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal
PUBLISHED ON JAN 06, 2021 09:38 PM IST
“Prices soared after the Health Ministry expressed an interest in buying syringes,” Bolsonaro wrote on social media, adding that the government had suspended buying until prices return to normal.
Perhaps most damaging is the expiration with the new year of a pandemic-inspired financial aid program that has helped fend off hunger for tens of millions of poor Brazilians — among whom his popularity has been growing.(REUTERS)
Perhaps most damaging is the expiration with the new year of a pandemic-inspired financial aid program that has helped fend off hunger for tens of millions of poor Brazilians — among whom his popularity has been growing.(REUTERS)

Brazil President Bolsonaro’s tough 2021 balance between ideology, pragmatism

Brasilia, Brazil | By Associated Press | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh
PUBLISHED ON JAN 02, 2021 01:05 PM IST
Recent polls say Bolsonaro is roughly as popular as when he was elected. But his ratings have declined among richer and better educated Brazilians while increasing among the poor, who have been receiving the government’s pandemic financial aid.
More than 180,000 people have died from Covid-19 in Brazil, which has the world’s second-deadliest outbreak behind the United States.(AP Photo)
More than 180,000 people have died from Covid-19 in Brazil, which has the world’s second-deadliest outbreak behind the United States.(AP Photo)

AstraZeneca, Sinovac vaccines could be used in Brazil by mid-Feb

Sao Paulo | By Reuters| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal
PUBLISHED ON DEC 16, 2020 10:32 PM IST
Speaking on Wednesday, after a ceremony to discuss the national coronavirus vaccination plan, health minister Eduardo Pazuello said data from the vaccines, which are being tested in Brazil, could be analyzed by health regulator Anvisa in January.
Covid-19 has caused more than 180,000 deaths in Brazil, second only to the United States.(AP)
Covid-19 has caused more than 180,000 deaths in Brazil, second only to the United States.(AP)

Brazil’s Bolsonaro approval rating stays at highest level during pandemic

RIO DE JANEIRO | By Reuters | Posted by Prashasti Singh
PUBLISHED ON DEC 14, 2020 07:57 AM IST
The Datafolha poll found that 37% of those surveyed viewed Bolsonaro’s government as great or good, unchanged from August, while 32% saw it as bad or terrible, down 2 points.
No date is given for starting to give out immunization shots. Brazil’s health regulator, Anvisa, has not yet approved the use of any coronavirus vaccine in the country.(Reuters Photo)
No date is given for starting to give out immunization shots. Brazil’s health regulator, Anvisa, has not yet approved the use of any coronavirus vaccine in the country.(Reuters Photo)

Brazil govt releases Covid-19 pandemic vaccination plan with holes

Rio de Janeiro | By Associated Press| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal
PUBLISHED ON DEC 13, 2020 07:06 AM IST
Brazil has registered more than 180,000 deaths from Covid-19, the second highest number in the world. In recent weeks it has seen an acceleration in the rate of coronavirus infections and several states report occupancy of hospitals’ intensive care beds above 80%.
Earlier on Monday, President Jair Bolsonaro said that the government will offer Covid-19 vaccines to all Brazilians free of charge, once health regulator Anvisa gives it scientific and legal approval.(REUTERS)
Earlier on Monday, President Jair Bolsonaro said that the government will offer Covid-19 vaccines to all Brazilians free of charge, once health regulator Anvisa gives it scientific and legal approval.(REUTERS)

Brazil in advanced talks with Pfizer to buy 70 million Covid-19 vaccine doses

Brasilia | By Reuters| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi
PUBLISHED ON DEC 08, 2020 07:02 AM IST
The ministry said in a statement that the vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech, whose final trial results showed it had a 95% success rate and no serious side effects, will be delivered next year.
In a post on his Twitter account, Bolsonaro also said the economy ministry has assured him that there will be no shortage of resources to administer a vaccine to everyone who wants one.(Reuters File Photo)
In a post on his Twitter account, Bolsonaro also said the economy ministry has assured him that there will be no shortage of resources to administer a vaccine to everyone who wants one.(Reuters File Photo)

Brazil to offer Covid-19 vaccine for all at no cost, says president

Brasilia | By Reuters| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi
PUBLISHED ON DEC 08, 2020 05:11 AM IST
Brazil has the world’s third highest coronavirus case count at more than 6.6 million, and the second heaviest death toll of more than 177,000.
Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro arrives to vote during the municipal elections in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, November 29, 2020.(Reuters)
Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro arrives to vote during the municipal elections in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, November 29, 2020.(Reuters)

Brazil’s Bolsonaro suffers wave of defeats in mayoral races

Brasilia | By Associated Press | Posted by Mallika Soni
UPDATED ON NOV 30, 2020 11:16 AM IST
Only five mayoral candidates supported by Bolsonaro won their races. The president’s worst rebuff came in his hometown of Rio de Janeiro, where Mayor Marcelo Crivella was battered in a runoff election losing to his center-right predecessor, Eduardo Paes, by 64% to 36%.
Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro has repeatedly said Brazilians will not be required to be vaccinated when a coronavirus vaccine becomes widely available.(Reuters file photo)
Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro has repeatedly said Brazilians will not be required to be vaccinated when a coronavirus vaccine becomes widely available.(Reuters file photo)

Brazil President Bolsonaro says he will not take Covid-19 vaccine

Brasilia | By Reuters | Posted by Deepali Sharma
UPDATED ON NOV 27, 2020 01:52 PM IST
Brazil has the second highest number of coronavirus deaths in the world, and Bolsonaro has for months played down the seriousness of the pandemic despite being infected with the virus in July.
FILE PHOTO: Brazil's Sao Paulo state governor, Joao Doria, and director of Instituto Butantan, Dimas Tadeu Covas, hold boxes of the China's Sinovac vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as a cargo plane containing the vaccines arrives at Sao Paulo International Airport in Guarulhos, Brazil November 19, 2020. REUTERS/Amanda Perobelli/File Photo(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: Brazil's Sao Paulo state governor, Joao Doria, and director of Instituto Butantan, Dimas Tadeu Covas, hold boxes of the China's Sinovac vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as a cargo plane containing the vaccines arrives at Sao Paulo International Airport in Guarulhos, Brazil November 19, 2020. REUTERS/Amanda Perobelli/File Photo(REUTERS)

Brazil’s Sau Paulo could roll out China’s Covid-19 vaccine without approval

Sau Paulo | By Reuters | Posted by Karan Manral
UPDATED ON NOV 27, 2020 07:58 AM IST
Sau Paulo governor Joao Doria in an interview on Thursday said Sinovac could be rolled out without approval from the national health regulator, in comments described by health experts as ‘empty threat.’
Bolsonaro, who is currently not affiliated with any political party, had said he would not get involved in the election campaign, but in recent weeks he turned to social media to promote a dozen candidates for mayor as well as councillor candidates.(Reuters Photo)
Bolsonaro, who is currently not affiliated with any political party, had said he would not get involved in the election campaign, but in recent weeks he turned to social media to promote a dozen candidates for mayor as well as councillor candidates.(Reuters Photo)

Brazilian voters ignore Jair Bolsonaro’s city election endorsements

Rio De Janeiro | By Associated Press| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal
PUBLISHED ON NOV 16, 2020 11:19 PM IST
In more than 5,500 cities, Brazilians voted for mayors and city councillors on Sunday. The wave of political renewal that two years ago catapulted Bolsonaro to the presidency appeared to ebb in the face of well-known candidates and traditional parties, which scored the most votes in the two most populous cities
The real Jair Bolsonaro is polling better nationally than he ever has before(REUTERS)
The real Jair Bolsonaro is polling better nationally than he ever has before(REUTERS)

Dozens of fake Bolsonaros are running in Brazilian elections

Brazil | By Bloomberg | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri
UPDATED ON NOV 12, 2020 05:28 PM IST
There’s nothing illegal about borrowing a celebrity’s name to create a political nickname in Brazil. There’s a long tradition of it here, a country where politics often have a certain zany flair to them.
The setback to Sinovac’s efforts contrasts with good news from Pfizer Inc which said its experimental Covid-19 vaccine is more than 90% effective based on initial trial results.(REUTERS)
The setback to Sinovac’s efforts contrasts with good news from Pfizer Inc which said its experimental Covid-19 vaccine is more than 90% effective based on initial trial results.(REUTERS)

Brazil suspends Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine trial due to severe adverse event

Beijing | By Reuters| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi
PUBLISHED ON NOV 10, 2020 02:10 PM IST
The health regulator, Anvisa, said on Monday the event occurred on Oct. 29 but did not specify if it took place in Brazil or in another country. It also did not give an indication of how long the suspension might last.
Health authorities in Europe are debating whether to accept a so-called efficacy rate of less than 50% to be able to deliver a vaccine sooner, the Wall Street Journal reported this week.(REUTERS)
Health authorities in Europe are debating whether to accept a so-called efficacy rate of less than 50% to be able to deliver a vaccine sooner, the Wall Street Journal reported this week.(REUTERS)

Brazil will have a Covid-19 vaccine by June 2021, says regulator

Brasilia | By Reuters| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi
PUBLISHED ON OCT 30, 2020 07:08 AM IST
With the world’s worst outbreak of coronavirus after the United States and India, Brazil has become a key testing ground and has approved late stage clinical trials for four vaccines that are under development.
Bolsonaro’s decision came as a dampener for China’s push to use its vaccines as a diplomatic tool to enhance its global image with the supply of coronavirus vaccines to especially developing countries(Reuters Photo)
Bolsonaro’s decision came as a dampener for China’s push to use its vaccines as a diplomatic tool to enhance its global image with the supply of coronavirus vaccines to especially developing countries(Reuters Photo)

China defends its Covid vaccine after Brazilian Prez Bolsonaro’s guinea pig jibe

Beijing | By Press Trust of India| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal
UPDATED ON OCT 22, 2020 06:26 PM IST
China’s Sinovac vaccine was being tested by Brazil’s research centre Butantan Institute and still needs to be approved by the health regulator to be used in the population.
Brazil counts more than 153,000 deaths by Covid-19, second only to the United States.(Reuters Photo)
Brazil counts more than 153,000 deaths by Covid-19, second only to the United States.(Reuters Photo)

Brazilian Prez Bolsonaro rejects Chinese vaccine against Covid

Sao Paulo | By Associated Press| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal
UPDATED ON OCT 21, 2020 09:31 PM IST
Health minister Eduardo Pazuello announced the purchase on Tuesday alongside Sao Paulo’s Gov. João Doria, a foe of Bolsonaro’s whose state government is participating in the vaccine’s development.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Monday Brazil’s relations with the United States are at their best moment ever.(Photo: Reuters)
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Monday Brazil’s relations with the United States are at their best moment ever.(Photo: Reuters)

Brazil’s relations with the US at their best ever, says Jair Bolsonaro

Brasilia | By Reuters | Posted by Deepali Sharma
PUBLISHED ON OCT 19, 2020 09:19 PM IST
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the U.S. Export-Import Bank would back projects valued at $450 million in Brazil this year.
Senator Chico Rodrigues tried to hide cash inside his underwear during a police operation investigating the diversion of public resources aimed to combat the new coronavirus in northern Brazil.(AFP)
Senator Chico Rodrigues tried to hide cash inside his underwear during a police operation investigating the diversion of public resources aimed to combat the new coronavirus in northern Brazil.(AFP)

Bolsonaro’s ally suspended after cops find cash in his undergarments

Rio De Janerio | By Associated Press | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar
UPDATED ON OCT 16, 2020 09:17 AM IST
Police initially found 10,000 reais ($1,780) and $6,000 inside a safe in Rodrigues’ house Wednesday, at which point the lawmaker asked if he could go to the bathroom as Rodrigues walked away, a police officer noticed a large, rectangular bulge under the senator’s shorts.
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