The coronavirus vaccine has been highly criticized by Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro. He made a bizarre remark on the coronavirus vaccine by suggesting that the vaccine developed by Pfizer/BioNTech could turn people into crocodiles and bearded ladies.
During the mass vaccination drive launched in Brazil, Bolsonaro clearly said that he won’t get vaccinated. Since the start of the pandemic, the Brazilian president was doubtful of the coronavirus and termed it as “little flu”.
Jair Bolsonaro has been previously tested positive for coronavirus in July and was recovered in three weeks.
When the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine was undergoing trials in Brazil, he mentioned that he won’t need the vaccine because his body has already developed the antibodies against the virus.
During the inoculation drive, the Brazilian President said that the vaccine was free but it was not compulsory for people to get vaccinated.
Later on Thursday, 17th December, the Brazilian Supreme Court announced that vaccine was obligatory but cannot be “forced” on the people.
According to the rule passed by the Supreme Court, the government is allowed to “fine” those people who will not be vaccinated and ban them from various public spaces but will not force people to get vaccinated.
Brazilian president said that the Pfizer contract made it very clear that they will not be responsible for any of the adverse side effects. If anyone turns into a Superhuman, a crocodile, or if a woman will start to grow a beard, Pfizer will not have anything to do with it.
Bolsonaro has also said that once the regulatory agency of Brazil, Anvisa, will certify the vaccine, it will be made available for everyone but he won’t get vaccinated.
Currently, Brazil is under the effect of the second wave of coronavirus infections and on 17th December, Thursday, Brazil crossed 1,000 casualties from covid-19, the first time after September.