vehemently reject threats, explicit or veiled, aimed at compromising its ability to protect the health of citizens, saying to himself
targeted by violent political activism.
The regulatory agency on Thursday gave the green light to vaccinate children ages 5 to 11 with Pfizer’s vaccine, joining many other countries that have taken similar action recently.
Much criticized for his denial in the face of the scale of the pandemic in a country where COVID-19 has killed more than 617,000, the second worst toll after the United States, President Bolsonaro has stepped up attacks against vaccines.
On Thursday night, during his last weekly live on Facebook, he revealed that he asked
unofficially list of people who have approved childhood immunizations.
You have the right to know the names of the people who have approved the vaccine for your children. You decide if it’s worth it or not, said the head of state, who himself refuses to be vaccinated.
UNIVISA, an association that represents ANVISA employees, strongly criticized the president’s remarks.
Publish the names of those responsible for technical analysis [pour l’approbation de vaccins] can in no way be beneficial for democracy, she said in a statement.
Rather, it looks like a threat of retaliation, by inciting the population [à la violence], an openly fascist method that could have tragic consequences, added ANVISA.
ANVISA employees had previously recounted threats received upon the announcement of the start of the analysis of Pfizer’s file seeking approval of anti-COVID vaccines for children.
Jair Bolsonaro has sparked much controversy by criticizing expert recommendations to fight COVID-19, including rejecting containment, mask wear and vaccines.
A Senate commission of inquiry in October recommended that he be charged with nine crimes, including
crime against humanity.
The Bolsonaro government was notably accused of having
deliberately exposed Brazilians at
mass contamination, due to the head of state’s anti-containment speech and delays in the purchase of vaccines.