The Brazilian Comptroller’s Office is about to show a report that may throw out 50% of the deaths announced by COVID-19 in the South American country, according to the nation’s president, Jair Bolsonaro.
As usual, President Bolsonaro received his supporters outside the Planalto Palace in the morning and decided to give them the scoop before it was even published on official networks. The president emphasized that although it was not conclusive, the report is excellently grounded and supported.
Bolsonaro affirmed that the report “came out a few days ago; the press is clearly not going to publish it, but we will.” He added that he was in constant contact with journalists, and that he would send them the document. “Don’t want to criticize me because in reality it is a document from the Court of Auditors”, he commented jocularly.
For Bolsonaro, this was to be expected since there were known cases circulating through WhatsApp in which citizens reported that their loved one had not died due to the coronavirus.
He ratified that the document is very well grounded. “Only journalists won’t understand it, but the rest of the people will,” he ironized.
Bolsonaro also took the opportunity to attack again the narrative with which he is blamed for not buying vaccines last year. “The first person vaccinated was in December. Tell me: which country bought vaccines last year and received them last year? None!”.
Another criticism with which they attack Bolsonaro is that he delayed the vaccination waiting for approval from the National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA). In the video, the president replied saying that he cannot be irresponsible and buy something that is in experimental phase.
As of today, Brazil has registered 473,000 deaths registered by COVID-19. According to the Comptroller’s Office, at least half of these were not caused by the virus.