Coronavirus (825) Bolsonaro militarizes healthcare

15 July, 2020

'As Brazil grapples with pandemic, a military general with no experience remains health minister'

'Since General Eduardo Pazuello took over the Ministry of Health after two ministers exited amid a worsening of the crisis in Brazil, at least 25 members of the military have been appointed, most with no public health experience. Many criticize the government for pushing technical knowledge aside by appointing military personnel.

President Jair Bolsonaro has said that Pazuello will not remain health minister "forever," but he has not set a deadline for appointing someone else.

Brazil reported 1,300 more deaths and 41,857 new cases in the past 24 hours, according to the country’s health authorities. It has recorded more than 1.9 million coronavirus infections and more than 74,000 fatalities as of Tuesday.'


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