Former Health Minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta said he had told President Jair Bolsonaro to listen to anti-virus science.
Former Brazilian health minister has told parliament that right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro has ignored repeated warnings that his COVID-19 approach could lead to a health crisis in South America.
Luiz Henrique Mandetta, who was He was fired in April 2020 by Bolsonaro not agreeing to push the anti-malarial hydroxychloroquine drug as a coronavirus, he said Tuesday before a Senate committee investigating the Brazilian government’s handling of the epidemic.
“We have urged the president to change his mind. We have told him that it could cause the health sector to collapse,” Mandetta said.
“I have warned Bolsonaro in detail about the dangers that would not arise if he used science to fight COVID-19.”
The former prime minister also said Bolsonaro knew he was there there is no scientific basis for prescribing hydroxychloroquine dealing with coronavirus.
He also said he had been invited to a cabinet meeting with the president, where it was proposed to change the billboard for the drug to be submitted to COVID-19.
Antonio Barra Torres, president of Brazil’s health ministry Anvisa, who was also present at the meeting, said it would not happen. “The government is aware that it supplies chloroquine without any scientific evidence,” Mandetta said.
More than 408,000 people have died in Brazil so far, according to a study by Johns Hopkins University – the second largest in the world after the United States – and health experts warn that another catastrophic wave could come.
Bolsonaro, who has lifted public health restrictions and called the virus a “minor flu”, is facing the compulsion to calculate the number of deaths from COVID-19.
But a former military official refuses to comply with stricter health measures, such as closure, to prevent the spread of the virus.
Senate inquiry we will review how Bolsonaro’s views have contributed to the crisis.
Bolsonaro is now his fourth prime minister since the crisis began, and all four are expected to testify before a Senate committee, which has 90 days to amend.
Despite continued opposition, Bolsonaro defenders were found in large numbers in several cities in Brazil over the weekend to show support for the President.
“It’s a very difficult time and Bolsonaro is in need of humanitarian assistance,” Edvaldo de Paulo, a protester who appeared to be in his 60s, told AFP in Brasilia on Saturday.