Bolsonaro says COVID-19 vaccines could turn people into ‘jars’

  • Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro criticized the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on Thursday.
  • He suggested that the vaccine could have strange side effects, such as women growing beards and people turning to jars, according to AFP.
  • Bolsonaro has indicated that he does not intend to be vaccinated.
  • Despite the president’s claim that Brazil is at the “tail end” of the pandemic, the country is currently experiencing a dramatic increase in new COVID-19 cases.
  • Brazil has the second highest coronavirus death toll in the world.
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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro criticized the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in a strange rant on Thursday.

He suggested the COVID-19 vaccine could lead to men turning to crocodiles, women growing beards, and men speaking with effeminate voices, according to AFP.

Bolsonaro said: “In the Pfizer deal, it’s very clear. ‘We’re not responsible for any side effects.’ If you turn into a crocodile, that’s your problem.”

He continued: “If you grow too tall, if a woman starts growing a beard or if a man starts talking in an effective voice, they will [Pfizer] he will have nothing to do with it, “he said.

Despite the launch of the national vaccine in Brazil on Wednesday, Bolsonaro has demanded that he not get the vaccine.

He told AFP: “Some people say I set a bad example. But for the imbeciles, for the idiots who say this, I tell them that I have already caught a virus, I have antibodies, so why get the vaccine? “

Another time, he said: “I tell you; I will not [any vaccine]. It ‘s my right and I’m sure Congress will not create problems for anyone who does not want to be vaccinated. “

On Thursday, the Brazilian Supreme Court ruled that vaccination would be mandatory but that Brazilians would not have to have visions.

Bolsonaro has been playing down the pandemic for several months. In May, he described the coronavirus as a “minor flu.”

In July, he tested positive for the virus and came down with a fever. It took him three weeks to recover. A month later, Bolsonaro told reporters: “I knew I was going to catch him sometime, because unfortunately I think almost everyone here is going to catch him. catch it in the end. What are you afraid of? Face it! “

Last week, he said Brazil was “at the tail end of the pandemic.”

Brazil is currently experiencing an increase in coronavirus cases. On Wednesday, the country set daily records for COVID-19 infections with more than 70,000 new cases reported.

A day later, the country recorded more than 1,000 deaths in a 24-hour period.

Brazil has the second highest coronavirus death toll in the world, just above the US.

More than 185,000 Brazilians have died from the virus since the outbreak began.