At a G20 meeting, Bolsonaro contradicts himself and omits

In front of the leaders of the largest economy in the world, during the G20 meeting in Rome, President Jair Bolsonaro (no party) made today (30) a speech that went against most of his public positions during the confrontation of Covid-19 in parents. Omitting information, the president spoke about vaccination, economic growth and international trade.

He celebrated the advance of immunization in Brazil, but left aside the fact that he himself did not get vaccinated and that the country is the second with the most deaths from the disease in the world, behind only the United States. He then stated that his government is implementing a robust economic agenda to overcome the effects of the economic crisis caused by the pandemic, ignoring the rise in prices, rising inflation, rising unemployment and rising rates of families in a situation of hunger.

“Brazil has committed to an extensive and efficient vaccination program, in parallel with an agenda of emergency aid and job preservation to protect the most vulnerable. We are equally committed to an agenda of structural reforms, essential for a sustained economic recovery”, he said. “We have already managed to attract a volume of more than US$110 billion in investments in the infrastructure sectors and we expect to reach even higher amounts by 2022.”

Then, he said in Brazil, “more than half of the national population is already fully immunized on a voluntary basis.” Despite the speech, on Oct. 25, Bolsonaro linked the Covid-19 immunizer to the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in a live stream taken down by Facebook due to the false information. The opposition even filed a criminal report against the president at the Federal Supreme Court (STF).

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In a parallel conversation with G20 leaders, recorded and posted on parliamentarians’ social networks, Bolsonaro also defended the presence of military personnel in its government, stating that it “did not receive nominations” and that it “privileged the armed forces”, with “1 /3 of the military ministers”. He added that “Petrobras is a problem”, but that the government is “breaking monopolies” and that until recently the company was “from a political party”.

The speeches received harsh criticism from the opposition. In his account on Twiiter, federal deputy Paulo Pimenta (PT-RS), who shared the video, even called Bolsonaro a “liar”.

The G20 was created in the 1990s, but the leaders’ meeting only began in 2008. Together, the G20 nations represent around 80% of the global economy.

Check out Bolsonaro’s speech in full below:

Ladies and gentlemen of the G20 leaders,

It is a great satisfaction for me to participate, in person, in this important meeting of leaders at a time of global economic recovery. Although we have reason to celebrate, challenges remain for us to achieve more stable and equitable economic growth.

Brazil has committed to an extensive and efficient vaccination program, in parallel with an agenda of emergency relief and job preservation to protect the most vulnerable. We are equally committed to an agenda of structural reforms, essential for a sustained economic recovery. We have already managed to attract a volume of more than US$110 billion in investments in the infrastructure sectors and we expect to reach even higher amounts by 2022.

The historic agreement concluded by the G20 and other countries on international taxation within the OECD is also a significant contribution to fiscal and economic sustainability.

The G20’s work on the finance track has yielded important results for the recovery from the economic crisis, as illustrated by the IMF’s new allocation of Special Drawing Rights and measures to address environmental and health-related challenges.

Gradually, our economies recover as the health crisis is overcome. These two recovery processes go hand in hand. Both have shown the importance of promoting international trade free from distorted and discriminatory measures. This is why the integration of our economies, through ever-increasing trade and investment flows, is part of the solutions we seek for recovery and sustainable development.

In Brazil, more than half of the national population is already fully immunized on a voluntary basis. More than 94% of the adult population has received at least one dose of the vaccine. In all, we applied more than 260 million doses, of which more than 140 million were produced in Brazil.

For Brazil, the efforts of the G20 should focus on fighting the current pandemic, which continues to plague many countries.

Therefore, we believe that it is up to the G20 to make additional efforts to produce vaccines, medicines and treatments in developing countries.

Edition: Sarah Fernandes

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