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

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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