This Wednesday, Brazil registered 176 deaths due to covid-19 and reached the lowest daily average of deaths (316) since April 2020, at a time when 100 million Brazilians are fully vaccinated against the disease.
“100 million Brazilians are fully vaccinated against covid-19. That’s right! (…) The number corresponds to 62.5% of the target audience immunized with two doses of the vaccine or with a single dose immunizing agent. Another important mark for our National Vaccination Campaign”, announced the Brazilian Ministry of Health on the social network Twitter.
Regarding the first dose, 93.7% of the target audience (over 18 years old) were vaccinated, according to official data.
“We have come a long way since the beginning of the vaccination campaign, but we need to advance even more. Therefore, I invite all Brazilians who have not yet taken the second dose of the vaccine to return to the vaccination post to complete the vaccination schedule. Only those who are vaccinated will win the virus and we will go back to our normal state”, appealed the Brazilian minister of Health, Marcelo Queiroga.
In the last 24 hours, Brazil, with 213 million inhabitants, recorded 7,852 cases of infection, totaling 21,597,949 positive diagnoses of SARS-CoV-2 and 601,574 fatal victims.
The sharp drop in pandemic numbers recorded today is associated with the Nossa Senhora Aparecida holiday, celebrated on Tuesday, which had an impact on the reduced number of health professionals working in the country’s municipalities and, consequently, on the disease’s records.
The incidence rate of the disease in Brazilian territory remains today at 286 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants and the case rate is now 10,278.
Although the number of cases and fatalities has decreased significantly in recent months, Brazil remains the second country with the most deaths in the world, after the United States, and the third with the most infected, after the North Americans. and India, in absolute numbers.
The President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, said he is using “new studies” not to be vaccinated against covid-19, guaranteeing that he has protection against the disease because he has already been infected and his immunity “is at the top”.
“In relation to the vaccine, I decided not to take it. I am seeing new studies,” said Bolsonaro, in statements to Jovem Pan radio on Tuesday night and reproduced today by the local press.
“Why am I going to be vaccinated? It would be like playing 10 reais in the lottery to win two,” he insisted, going against expert opinion.
The Brazilian President’s statements follow the denial line he has maintained since the beginning of the pandemic.
In addition to refusing to vaccinate against the disease, the agent is also against the so-called “vaccination passport”, required in several cities across the country for citizens to enter public places, such as gyms, cinemas, theaters, stadiums, among others.
In this sense, the Brazilian Attorney General’s Office (PGR) indicated today to the Federal Supreme Court (STF) that the decree by which the City of Rio de Janeiro began requiring, since September 15, the “vaccination passport” is legal.
According to the PGR, the decree is in accordance with Supreme Court decisions that recognized the power of local governments to take measures against the spread of the disease, a situation that had already been challenged in court.
Covid-19 has caused at least 4,861,478 deaths worldwide, among more than 238.59 million infections by the new coronavirus recorded since the start of the pandemic, according to the latest report by the Agence France-Presse.