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‘We’re being left behind’: anger and confusion in Brazil as vaccine program lags

  • Experts say delays are proof of Bolsonaro’s bungled Covid response
  • Virus has killed nearly 200,000 and battered economy

Each night Brazilian newscasters throw their government’s jumbled coronavirus response into sharper relief.

“Tomorrow, the Mexican government will start vaccinating health professionals,” Brazil’s top news bulletin, the Jornal Nacional, reported last Wednesday. “This morning 25 EU countries had their first day of mass vaccination,” it said on Monday. On Tuesday the glad tidings came from next door: “Today, Argentina started immunizing its citizens.”

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