Brazil’s New Health Minister Says He Is ‘Totally Aligned’ with President Bolsonaro

Outgoing minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta had repeatedly clashed with President Bolsonaro over social distancing orders and the use of chloroquine in treating Covid-19.

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – After weeks of public bickering over how to handle the Covid-19 pandemic, Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro finally fired the country’s Health Minister, Luiz Henrique Mandetta, on Thursday afternoon, April 16th. Bolsonaro announced as his replacement the oncologist Nelson Teich, who analysts say has a considerable experience in the private sector, but not much in the public health system.

“It will be sort of a trap for him,” said Ricardo Sennes, Managing Partner at Prospectiva Consultoria, during a webinar by the Atlantic Council on Thursday afternoon, minutes after the announcement.

“Unlike Mandetta, who has . . .

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