Amazon: He carried his father on his back for 6 hours to be vaccinated

The photo of a young local from the Amazon rainforest in Brazil carrying his father on his back to be vaccinated against Covid-19 has gone viral as it showed how difficult it can be for people in remote areas to get vaccinated.

A photo taken by a doctor shows Tawy, a 24-year-old man, holding Wahu’s 67-year-old father on his back after both were given doses of Covid-19 vaccine. The two had to walk for hours in the woods to reach the vaccination site.

According to official figures, more than 800 indigenous people have died from Covid-19 in the country. However, indigenous rights groups say the death toll is much higher. A survey by Apib, a Brazilian NGO, shows that 1,000 indigenous people died between March 2020 and March 2021.

Tawy and Wahu belong to the native Zoe community, which has about 325 members.

Erik Jennings Simões, the doctor who took the photo, said Wahu was almost blind and had difficulty walking because of the man’s urinary problems. He estimated that Tawy carried his father on his back for five or six hours.

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Information from BBC, ERT

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