Bolsonaro overrules Health Minister to reject Chinese COVID-19 vaccine

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has rejected the announced purchase of 46 million doses of CoronaVac, a potential vaccine against COVID-19 being tested in Sao Paulo state. “The Brazilian people will not be anyone’s guinea pig,” Bolsonaro said on his social media channels, adding that the shot made by Chinese pharmaceutical company Sinovac is yet to finish its testing phase — which is true of all potential vaccines. “My decision is to not purchase such a vaccine.” 

A day earlier, Health minister Eduardo Pazuello has announced the purchase of the vaccine. The cost of the acquisition was estimated at 2 billion Brazilian reals ($360 million). 

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