Brazil is the most affected country in Latin America by the coronavirus, and it holds the second place in the world.
Three vaccine trials are going on in the country at the moment, and according to the Brazilian Health Ministry, the first vaccine release will be in January 2021.
However, COVID-19 vaccination won’t be mandatory according to both, executive secretary of the ministry Elcio Franco and President Bolsonaro.
Despite the fact the government won’t oblige people to get vaccinated, they are talking about herd immunity and suggest that vaccination would be helpful to stop the virus spread.
Franco explained, “As we have been doing so far and will continue to do so, we encourage the vaccine to immunize the population. Otherwise, we may have the risk of returning diseases that had already been eradicated from the country as happened with measles recently. We also remember that the vaccine is not mandatory but it will be a great tool for us to return to normal.”
Oxford University’s vaccine trial is so far the most advanced in Brazil, and whenever they have it ready for mass usage, the citizens will be free to decide if they want to get vaccinated or not.
Earlier this week, Bolsonaro gave a Twitter statement, saying, “No one can oblige anyone to take a vaccine,” which backs up the statement of the Brazilian Health Ministry.