Brazilians protest against Bolsonaro after corruption probe opened

Brazilians protest against Bolsonaro in Sao Paulo – Protesters clash with police during a protest against President Jair Bolsonaro’s coronavirus policies after the Supreme Court allowed investigations to be opened into Bolsonaro over corruption allegations related to vaccine orders. – Paulo Lopes/ZUMA Wire/dpa Thousands of Brazilians took to the streets against President Jair Bolsonaro’s coronavirus […]

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Brazil prosecutors to probe claims against Bolsonaro in alleged vaccine graft case

The office of Brazil’s attorney general said Friday it had opened a probe into claims that President Jair Bolsonaro knew about, but failed to report, alleged corruption in the purchase of a coronavirus vaccine. “In a notice this Friday morning, the Attorney General’s office informed the Federal Supreme Court of the opening of an investigation […]

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Balsonaro tells critics to travel ‘by donkey’ after getting jeered as ‘genocidal maniac’ on airplane

They say Brazil is polarized under far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, but the divide was literal Friday, when he boarded a commercial plane to greet supporters in the front — as opponents booed him at the top of their lungs from the back. Visiting the southeastern state of Espirito Santo to inaugurate a public works project, […]

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Brazilians stage nationwide protests against President Bolsonaro’s COVID response

RIO DE JANEIRO/BRASILIA (Reuters) -Brazilians staged protests against President Jair Bolsonaro’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in at least 16 cities across the country on Saturday, carrying signs such as “Out with Bolsonaro” and “Impeachment now.” Bolsonaro’s popularity has plummeted during the coronavirus crisis, which has killed more than 460,000 Brazilians as the far-right leader […]

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Indian COVID-19 variant found in at least 53 territories: WHO

The coronavirus variant first detected in India has now been officially recorded in 53 territories, a World Health Organization report showed Wednesday. Additionally, the WHO has received information from unofficial sources that the B.1.617 variant has been found in seven other territories, figures in the UN health agency’s weekly epidemiological update showed, taking the total […]

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Covid probe captivates Brazil, menaces Bolsonaro

Brazil has spent the past three weeks immersed in wall-to-wall coverage of a Senate inquiry into why Covid-19 exploded so horribly in the country — a parade of damning, sometimes comical testimony likely to damage President Jair Bolsonaro. The letters “CPI” — for parliamentary investigative commission — have been splashed across the front pages of […]

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World’s worst pandemic leaders: 5 presidents and prime ministers who badly mishandled COVID-19

COVID-19 is notoriously hard to control, and political leaders are only part of the calculus when it comes to pandemic management. But some current and former world leaders have made little effort to combat outbreaks in their country, whether by downplaying the pandemic’s severity, disregarding science or ignoring critical health interventions like social distancing and […]

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Positive data for Moderna booster against COVID variants

US biotech firm Moderna on Wednesday announced initial data from a small clinical trial that showed its booster shots improved people’s immune responses against key coronavirus variants of concern. “We are encouraged by these new data, which reinforce our confidence that our booster strategy should be protective against these newly detected variants,” said the company’s […]

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‘Major political crisis’ in Brazil as military chiefs quit amid Bolsonaro purge of top ministers

Brazil’s political stability was in doubt Tuesday after the heads of all three military branches resigned following President Jair Bolsonaro’s dismissal of his defense minister, one of six Cabinet officials who have recently left or been forced out of an administration whose popularity has plummeted amid soaring Covid-19 deaths in South America’s largest nation. “We […]

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US, EU say vaccine programs on track as Asia rollouts gather steam

The United States hailed progress in turning around its troubled Covid-19 vaccine rollout, as the European Union said it was on track to meet jab targets and Asia’s inoculation drive gained pace on Friday. Brazil hit 250,000 fatalities — the second-highest national death toll after the United States — while the worldwide vaccine campaign received […]

Brazil indigenous leaders sue Bolsonaro for ‘crimes against humanity’

Two top Brazilian indigenous leaders have asked the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate President Jair Bolsonaro for “crimes against humanity”, accusing him of unprecedented environmental damage, killings and persecution. Chief Raoni Metuktire, the leader of the Kayapo people, and Chief Almir Narayamoga Surui, leader of the Paiter Surui tribe, filed the claim at The […]

In tracking virus mutations, most countries flying blind

To monitor changes to the coronavirus that could supercharge the pandemic or render vaccines less effective, scientists must sequence its genetic code to catalogue potentially dangerous mutations as they emerge. But so few countries are conducting and sharing surveillance that experts are as worried about the mutations they cannot see as those they can. Publication […]

Biden team says US will not lift travel bans — despite Trump statement

Washington (AFP) – US President-elect Joe Biden’s spokeswoman quickly dismissed Donald Trump’s announcement Monday that a Covid-19 ban on travelers arriving from much of Europe and Brazil would be lifted, underlining the fractious transition of power. “On the advice of our medical team, the Administration does not intend to lift these restrictions on 1/26,” tweeted […]

Bolsonaro’s son changes Twitter profile picture to Trump

The lawmaker son of Brazil’s far-right President Jair Bolsonaro has changed his Twitter profile picture to one of Donald Trump to protest the platform’s decision to ban the US president. Accusing Twitter of “authoritarianism”, Eduardo Bolsonaro said Sunday he was “permanently” using Trump’s picture. Twitter booted Trump on Friday, two days after a violent mob […]

Brazil’s Bolsonaro warns virus vaccine can turn people into ‘crocodiles’

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has launched an attack on coronavirus vaccines, even suggesting that the one developed by Pfizer-BioNTech could turn people into crocodiles or bearded ladies. The far-right leader has been skeptical of the coronavirus since it first emerged late last year, branding it “a little flu.” This week he insisted he would not […]

Virus ‘out of control’ among Brazil’s Yanomami people

The spread of the new coronavirus is “completely out of control” on the Yanomami indigenous reservation in Brazil, where cases have nearly quadrupled in three months, according to a report published Thursday. The Yanomami, like all indigenous peoples in the Amazon rainforest, have little historic exposure to outside diseases, and have a tragic history of […]

Bolsonaro-backed candidates sink in Brazil’s local elections

Shaken by the world’s second deadliest coronavirus outbreak and deep economic crisis, Brazilians voted on Sunday for experienced politicians from traditional parties in local elections, a move that may damage reelection hopes for President Jair Bolsonaro. Candidates backed by the far-right populist president, who presents himself as an outsider, were knocked out of the running […]

Brazil’s Bolsanaro uses homophobic slur to mock his own country’s response to coronavirus

President Jair Bolsonaro drew criticism Tuesday for telling Brazilians not to deal with Covid-19 like “a country of fags,” the far-right leader’s latest controversial outburst on the pandemic. Bolsonaro, who has consistently downplayed the virus even as it has killed 163,000 people in Brazil — the second-highest death toll worldwide, after the United States — […]

Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro ready to move beyond ally Trump: ‘He’s not the most important man in the world’

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, a major international ally of President Donald Trump, seems to already be looking at the president in the rearview mirror. Brazilian publication Estado reports that Bolsonaro indicated on Friday that the Brazilian government will continue pursuing its own aims even without a sympathetic Trump in the White House. “Trump’s not the […]