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Bolsonaro Slams Chinese Vaccine His Government Agreed to Buy

  • President says on Facebook Brazilians ‘won’t be guinea pigs’
  • Health Ministry had agreed to buy and distribute Coronavac
Jair Bolsonaro

Jair Bolsonaro

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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro blasted a Chinese coronavirus vaccine being tested in the country just a day after his health minister said it would be distributed nationwide.

Eduardo Pazuello, the third official leading the health ministry since the pandemic began, had announced a deal to purchase the Coronavac vaccine that’s being developed by China’s Sinovac Biotech Ltd. in partnership with Sao Paulo’s Butantan Institute -- under the watch of Governor Joao Doria, one of Bolsonaro’s main political enemies.