The number of new types of corona virus deaths worldwide is approaching 3 million. In Brazil, where nearly one in four global deaths occurred last week, the picture continues to get more serious. President Jair Bolsonaro, on the other hand, continues to underestimate the seriousness of the epidemic, and the number of alarming mutations in the country is rapidly increasing. Here are the mistakes made in Brazil since the beginning of the epidemic, from being late in vaccination to Bolsonaro’s attitude …
Health systems in Brazil, which is the worst country hit by the pandemic in the world after the USA, reporting more than 13 million 286 thousand cases and 345 thousand deaths caused by the new type of corona virus (Covid-19), has come to the point of collapse. However, the P1 and P2 variants, which have emerged in the country and are thought to be resistant to vaccines, worry not only the Brazilian people, but the whole world.
Undoubtedly, in this situation that Brazil fell into, the attitude of President Jair Bolsonaro, which does not take the epidemic seriously, has a big share. The behavior of Bolsonaro, who continues to maintain his reckless attitude, is as follows; – Defined Covid-19 as “obvious flu disease” when the cases first started to appear in the country “, – He refused a nationwide restriction, saying that measures such as quarantine and curfew only made the poor countries poorer, – State governors who declared quarantine and accused the mayors of “traitors.” – He constantly expressed doubts about the effectiveness and safety of vaccines and said that there would be no vaccination – He made a dangerous joke that the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine could “turn people into crocodiles” – He told the public to “stop whining” over the epidemic.
Brazil has the highest total death toll in Latin America. In recent weeks, about a quarter of reported Covid deaths worldwide have occurred in the country.
On the other hand, death rates in Brazil relative to the general population are behind Peru and Mexico, but the daily death toll in Brazil is happening at an alarming rate. A recent estimate from the University of Washington in the USA predicted that a total of more than 500,000 deaths could occur in Brazil by July.
On the other hand, regional leaders state that Bolsonaro’s mixed messages and his resistance to lockdowns at the national level make it difficult to tackle the epidemic. At the same time, it was stated that the intensive care beds in hospitals in many states throughout the country were full.
Compared to many other countries in Latin America, Brazil has a well-established health infrastructure. However, corona virus vaccination efforts lagged behind Chile and Uruguay.
“We have a great vaccination program, one of the best in the world. We know what to do if we have enough doses, we have the expertise and infrastructure. We only need vaccines,” said Natalia Pasternak, a Brazilian microbiologist.
However, the goal of applying 46 million vaccines to the public was not achieved until the end of March. Brazil has ordered a sufficient dose of vaccine to vaccinate its entire population, but doses will be delayed as other major countries with similar purchasing power are ahead of the line.
However, in August, the Brazilian government turned down Pfizer’s offer to purchase 70 million doses of vaccine. The country recently ordered 100 million doses of Pfizer / BioNtech vaccine, but most of these won’t arrive until the second half of the year. The government also ordered one hundred million doses of vaccine from the Chinese company Sinovac.
The Brazilian Institute of Public Health (Fiocruz) announced that it detected 92 types of corona viruses in the country. In particular, the P.1 variant has become a concern as the coronavirus is thought to be much more contagious than the original version and spread a and the world.
Scientists believe the current vaccines should still work against the Brazilian variant, although perhaps not very well, and new variants may emerge in the future, which are also different.
Dr. “Brazil is not just the worldwide epicenter of the epidemic, but a threat to the entire effort of the international community to control the pandemic. We are producing new variants every week,” Nicolelis said.