Bolsonaro 'led Brazilian people into a canyon', says ex-health minister
Aug 15, 2020
Historians will savage Jair Bolsonaro
for leading Brazilians into a deadly “canyon” with his shambling, self-interested and anti-scientific response to Covid-19, according to his former health minister.
In an interview with the Guardian, Luiz Henrique Mandetta accused the Brazilian president of playing a “pivotal” role in steering Latin America’s largest economy towards a catastrophe. Bolsonaro played politics with citizens’ lives at a time of global crisis, he said, as Brazil’s death toll rose
to more than 105,000. Only the US has suffered more deaths.
Mandetta, who has hinted
he will challenge Bolsonaro for the presidency in 2022, became a household name in the early stages of this year’s pandemic. He drew praise from left and right for his accessible, science-based alerts over the threat of coronavirus during daily press conferences.
Luiz Henrique Mandetta accuses president of playing a ‘pivotal’ role in steering economy towards catastrophe