According to Johns Hopkins University statistics, 77,515 people across Brazil have died due to Covid-19 in the past month, and over 2 million new cases have been diagnosed. All but three of Brazil’s 27 states and federal district are currently seeing intensive care unit occupancy rates of 80% or more, according to data from state health secretaries.
Both the Coronavac and AstraZeneca vaccines, upon which the country depends, require two doses. The Health Ministry has not offered any reasons why some Brazilians have failed to receive their second doses. However local media have raised issues of confusion or misconceptions among the public about the importance of the second dose, and difficulties that low-income Brazilians face in accessing vaccination centers.
In public statements last week, Bolsonaro vowed never to accept a national lockdown strategy to contain the coronavirus — despite calls to do so by the United Nations and the respected Brazilian medical research center Fiocruz. He seemed unmoved by the country’s sobering death toll and soaring cases, which he shrugged off as “spilled milk” during an April 7 event in the southern Brazilian city of Foz do Iguacu.
“We are not going to cry over spilled milk. We are still experiencing a pandemic, which in part is being used politically not to defeat the virus, but to try to overthrow the President. We are all responsible for what is happening in Brazil,” Bolsonaro said. “Which country in the world did not see deaths? Unfortunately, people die everywhere.”