Brazil’s Bolsonaro knocks vaccinating children, criticises health regulator

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BRASILIA: President Jair Bolsonaro criticised Brazil’s health regulator Anvisa on Thursday (Jan 6) for authorising the vaccination of kids aged 5 to 11 years in opposition to COVID-19, someday after his health minister unveiled plans to inoculate that age group.

Vaccine sceptic Bolsonaro stated in a radio interview that he had not heard of kids dying of COVID-19 and repeated that his daughter Laura, 11, wouldn’t be vaccinated.

Bolsonaro stated vaccines may have unintended effects on kids, however gave no proof. Anvisa and health regulators around the globe have discovered that COVID-19 vaccines are secure from age 5 and up.

“Are you going to vaccinate your child when the possibility of dying is almost zero? What is behind this? What are the interests of vaccine maniacs?” Bolsonaro said.

The Ministry of Health introduced on Wednesday that it had purchased 20 million paediatric vaccines developed by Pfizer and voluntary vaccination of kids 5 to 11 years outdated will start by the top of the month.

In a social media broadcast afterward Thursday, Bolsonaro harassed that the vaccination was non-compulsory. “No town mayor or state governor can prevent a child from going to school for not being vaccinated,” he stated.

Bolsonaro warned that Pfizer has not assumed duty for any unintended effects the vaccine may have in kids, and stated dad and mom ought to instantly search a health care provider if their youngster developed chest pains or scarcity of breath.

Anvisa authorised the Pfizer vaccine for youngsters on Dec 16, drawing heated criticism from individuals against vaccines and the president, who prompt that kids solely be vaccinated with a health care provider’s prescription.

The ministry dropped the concept as impractical. Requiring a written prescription would discourage vaccination at a time when the extra transmissible coronavirus variant Omicron is beginning to unfold in Brazil, health consultants stated at a public listening to.

According to the nationwide council of state health secretaries at the very least 300 kids aged 5 to 11 had died in Brazil from COVID-19 by the beginning of December.

Brazil’s Army differed from the president this week on the right way to cope with COVID-19.

It ordered troopers to get vaccinated, put on masks and preserve social distance, and warned them in opposition to spreading false information in regards to the pandemic.

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