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Brazil health minister quits

Date: 19 May 2020 Tags: Appointments & Resignations
  • Brazil lost its second health minister in a month after President Jair Bolsonaro demanded wider use of unproven anti-malarial drugs to fight the coronavirus outbreak.
  • Bolsonaro had demanded that minister Nelson Teich issue federal guidelines for the early use of hydroxychloroquine to treat coronavirus patients, despite studies that cast doubt on the effectiveness of the malaria drug for Covid-19 and raised concerns it may cause heart problems.
  • Teich's predecessor, Luiz Henrique Mandetta, a former lawmaker and military medic, was fired on April 16 for resisting Bolsonaro's demands to promote hydroxychloroquine and fight against state governments' isolation orders.