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Bolsonaro dismisses vaccination requirement for entry into Brazil

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro speaks throughout a signing decrees ceremony of fuel help in Brasilia, Brazil December 2, 2021. REUTERS/Adriano Machado

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BRASILIA, Dec 7 (Reuters) – Brazil would require that unvaccinated vacationers getting into the nation go on a five-day quarantine adopted by a COVID-19 take a look at, its well being minister mentioned on Tuesday, after its president mentioned he opposed using a vaccine passport.

President Jair Bolsonaro criticized Brazil’s well being regulator Anvisa for proposing the vaccination passport be required for arriving vacationers to assist stop the unfold of recent coronavirus variants.

“Anvisa desires to shut the nation’s airspace now. Not once more, rattling it,” Bolsonaro, a vaccine skeptic, mentioned at a enterprise occasion in Brasilia.

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Well being Minister Marcelo Queiroga, talking after a Cupboard assembly afterward Tuesday, mentioned Brazil wouldn’t discriminate in opposition to people who find themselves not vaccinated by adopting the passport.

He mentioned, nevertheless, that Brazil would require unvaccinated vacationers getting into the nation to quarantine and have a COVID-19 take a look at. He didn’t give particulars on how that may be carried out.

Anvisa final month proposed adopting a “vaccination passport” for entry into Brazil, however the authorities has not but selected the matter. Bolsonaro has repeatedly attacked the proposal.

Vaccine skepticism from Bolsonaro, who says he has not gotten a COVID-19 shot, has carried out little to dampen Brazilians’ eagerness to get immunized, with greater than 85% of adults now totally vaccinated.

The Supreme Courtroom on Monday gave 48 hours for the manager department to elucidate why the vaccination passport had not but been adopted.

Final week, on the suggestion of Anvisa, the federal government suspended flights from six international locations in southern Africa, the place the brand new, fast-spreading Omicron variant of the coronavirus was recognized.

Bolsonaro repeated his criticism of COVID-19 vaccines on Tuesday, saying vaccinated individuals can nonetheless be contaminated, unfold the coronavirus and die from COVID-19. He additionally minimized the brand new variant, saying there are “1000’s of viruses” and the pandemic was ending.

Whereas a lot remains to be not recognized about Omicron, unvaccinated individuals account for the overwhelming majority of extreme COVID-19 instances and deaths.

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Reporting by Lisandra Paraguassu
Writing by Anthony Boadle; Modifying by Invoice Berkrot and Sandra Maler

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