COVID-19: Brazil Yet to Approve a Vaccine as Deaths Surge

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  • Brazil is yet to approve a coronavirus vaccine as death rates and hospitalization rates continue to surge in the country
  • Members of an independent health committee and former health officials have condemned the government's unjustifiable delay in getting a vaccine
  • They also said President Jair Bolsonaro undermined the efforts of the country's health ministry by removing highly trained professionals from leadership positions and replacing them with military appointees with little or no public health experience
  • Bolsonaro, who had COVID-19 last year, had downplayed the need for face masks and public health restrictions to curb the spread of the virus
  • Brazil has the third highest number of confirmed cases globally, at 8.9 million cases