Brazil’s president says he won’t take COVID-19 vaccine

Brazil’s president, Jair Bolsonaro

As the world leaders eagerly wait to get their hands on the coronavirus vaccine, Brazil’s president, Jair Bolsonaro, says he does not want it.

“I’m not going to take it. It’s my right,” he said in a Nov. 26 social media broadcast.

Bolsonaro tested positive for coronavirus in July. His comments are not surprising as he also spewed doubts on the effectiveness of face masks in protecting against the coronavirus.

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The president has repeatedly said Brazilians will not be required to be vaccinated when a coronavirus vaccine becomes widely available. In October, he joked on Twitter that vaccination would be required only for his dog.