The director of the Brazilian health agency criticizes Bolsonaro for “welcome” the omicron variant

The director of the National Health Surveillance Agency of Brazil (Anvisa), Antonio Barra Torres, charged again this Thursday against the president, Jair Bolsonaro, for his vision of covid-19.

“It is impressive to see that in the midst of a scenario that clearly points to the advancement of the omicron variant, there are still people who say that the pandemic is ending, that the arrival of the variant signals better times,” said Barra Torres in a clear reference to the president.

Last week, Bolsonaro downplayed the impact of the variant in the South American nation and stated that it had “a very large capacity for spread, but a very small lethality.”

In interview With Gazeta Brasil, the president assured that “some studious and serious people”, without any type of connection with the pharmaceutical companies, report that “omicron is welcome and that, in fact, may signal the end of the pandemic.”

Battle against Anvisa

In the midst of a wave driven by the ómicron variant and the end-of-year parties, Brazil Registration on Tuesday 137,103 new cases of covid-19, a record in official data since the start of the pandemic. The total number of accumulated infections amounts to 23,416,748.

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Bolsonaro has had a battle with Anvisa for weeks after it approved the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against covid-19 for children aged 5 to 11 years. The president went so far as to request that the names of the directors of the agency that authorized the application be published, despite the fact that they denounced that received death threats after the decision.

Despite the president’s opposition, vaccination of minors across the country began last week.