Jair Bolsonaru accused the World Health Organization of ideological bias.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaru threatened to leave the country from the World Health Organization. About it on June 6
I tell you right now, the United States has left WHO, and we are considering (this opportunity – ed.) In the future. Either WHO is working without ideological bias, or we are also leaving. We don’t need people from outside to indicate what we should do in terms of healthcare, ”Bolsonaru emphasized.
The Brazilian leader’s reaction followed the words of WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris, who warned that the restrictions caused by the pandemic should not be removed hastily.
“The epidemic, the outbreak of the disease in Latin America is causing deep, deep concern,” said Harris.
Bolsonaru believes that COVID-19 is no more dangerous than the ordinary flu virus and opposes the introduction of quarantine measures in the country. For harsh remarks and similarities of views with the US president, he is often called the “tropical Trump.”
According to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University, 614.9 thousand people were infected with COVID-19 in Brazil, 34 thousand of them died. The country is in second place after the United States in terms of the number of infected and third in deaths.
Earlier, WHO said that South America, and in particular Brazil, became the new epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Recall, May 29, US President Donald Trump announced a break in relations with the World Health Organization. According to him, WHO underestimated the severity of the virus, and also “covered” China.