Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro sat down for a very interesting interview with Fox News host Tucker Carlson to discuss why he didn’t get the COVID vaccine and how he views the virus and its treatment.
Just a brief disclaimer before getting into the interview: We are not scientists and BizPac Review encourages readers to find studies on their own to make up their minds concerning COVID and its treatments.
“Why didn’t you take the vaccine,” Carlson asked the Brazilian president.
“When the virus actually hit strongly in March 2020, people began to seek out the vaccine, of course, against the virus. And, I too, of course, sought a medication because we began to see cases surfacing. Started to see the number of cases begin to go up. Now, someone who contracts the virus, like I did, I mean, the vaccine doesn’t really help. I mean, you don’t take a vaccine if you’ve already been contaminated. The vaccine would be innocuous. You should rather take the medication,” Bolsonaro asserted.
Jair Bolsonaro explains why he didn’t get the COVID vaccine and his approach to the virus. pic.twitter.com/mpzCYk4Oht
— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) July 1, 2022
“And in Brazil, of course, I studied the issue. I called other countries including sub-Saharan Africa. And Brazilian doctors, physicians because there were people out there that either did not catch the virus or when they did catch the virus, the virus was not strong enough to send them to the hospital or to kill them,” he explained.
“And in Brazil, we saw the emergence of two medications that began to be used more widely. I myself took them when contaminated. But the global pressure, all over the world from the media outlets and from the pharmaceutical companies… I mean, they were all against the early treatment. They actually focused on the vaccine,” the South American leader stated.
Bolsonaro was very concerned over Pfizer’s contract and the fact that they could not be held accountable for side effects.
“I read Pfizer’s contract and one of the clauses said, ‘We shall take no responsibility whatsoever for any side effect arising from the vaccine. I became concerned about that. And Congress in Brazil decided to vote and pass a piece of legislation saying that Pfizer, or any other pharmaceutical company, would not take responsibility for any side effect arising from the vaccine,” he continued.
“We also had information, including from the US FDA, that several side effects are likely to emerge this year or next year in the foreseeable future. So, a concern, as mentioned by many doctors, was that people who are infected by the virus were already immune and did not have to take the vaccine. That was my case. That’s why I did not take the vaccine. But I did purchase vaccines for all Brazilians. I did not demand that people be vaccinated. I respected individual freedom. Each one was free to vaccinate or not,” Bolsomaro commented.
Personally i love how close he is with the people EVERYDAY ..even after the attack on his life, even during the pandemic…hardly never misses a day out talking with all kinds of people…i dont know about any other leader like this in the world!
— KC Johan Norén (@kc_noren) July 1, 2022
“And I believe that about 20% of the Brazilian population decided not to take the vaccine. As I said before, maybe I was the only head of state in the world who did not accept restrictive measures or was against restrictive measures. And perhaps, one of the few heads of state in the world who did not take the vaccine because I had already contracted the virus,” he pointed out.
“The left was so worried about taking me out of office, that they wanted me to take the vaccine. I said, ‘Well, let me die. Just, let me die then and choose my policy. In South America, we are the one country that best addressed the issue involving need for vaccines and we very properly and adequately equipped our hospitals with equipment and medications. And I believe we have pretty much turned the page there,” he emphasized.
He made a point of saying that many deaths could have been avoided and that much of that tragic loss was the fault of the media.
“And based on the studies that we have outside of Brazil, many deaths could have been avoided had there been not so much pressure on the part of the mainstream media against early treatment,” Bolsonaro added.
“Early last year I sent a team to Israel. A team of Brazilian experts to Israel to look into the nasal spraying solution they had developed on an experimental basis. I was highly criticized and we weren’t able to make progress in that negotiation. Last month, a large Brazilian company published a news article indicating that nasal sprays are currently a very successful solution against COVID today,” he recounted.
Once again he was right. He is a true leader for the brazilians.
— Make free speech again. (@JoarceMiguel) July 1, 2022
“So, you are technically allowed to, of course, take an experimental vaccine, which was the case in the past. But, not the nasal spray?” he asked.
“I think you are the only world leader to admit not taking the vaccine. That’s for sure. Why would Pfizer or any pharm company have liability protection against the side effects of their own drugs? Why would your Congress allow them to have that?” Carlson asked Bolsonaro.
“The population was appalled. They were desperate and afraid of the virus. Especially the elderly population that also had some kind of disease or comorbidity. As the result of which, Congress decided to pass a law to that effect. We regret it really because today, in hindsight, you know, we see in studies, you know, conducted outside of Brazil that perhaps two-thirds of deaths could have been avoided in Brazil,” he said.
“I mean take sub-Saharan Africa. In sub-Saharan Africa, they take Ivermectin to fight river blindness as well as hydroxychloroquine to fight malaria. And because the number of deaths was very low and the HDI was one of the lowest in the world, the natural conclusion was that those medications could somehow also help fight the virus and the effects thereof,” Bolsonaro noted.
‘GOD, Country, Family, & Freedom’ – I’d vote for him if I lived in Brazil!
— Mr. Juan Guillermo Pozos (@MrJGPozos) July 1, 2022
“We regret the pressure that took place and perhaps due to the economic power of pharmaceutical companies, I mean, they went on and invested in the vaccines. And today you see, you know, people who have taken a third, a fourth dose of the vaccine and they still contract the virus and die. And we have a lot of, say, stranded vaccines in Brazil. In Brazil, a considerable portion of the population did not want to take the booster dose. I understand that to be their right and I support individual freedom,” he declared.
“As I said before, we are sad. We regret all the deaths. But I believe many deaths could have been avoided through early treatment. Much is said about lack of scientific evidence about those two medications for COVID. True. But they were useful for other things. I mean, very often drugs or medications are discovered by chance. During World War II, for example, due to a lack of good medications, soldiers were given coconut water in their veins and they survived,” the leader recalled.
“As I said before, very often medications are discovered out of accident or, you know, sheer chance including medications against for or to treat sexual impotence for example,” he said laughing with Carlson.
The ONLY President in the world who was adamantly opposed to all kinds of quarantine and green pass. One of the greatest defenders of freedom 👏🇧🇷🚀
— Giovanni (@giovannilarosa0) July 1, 2022
“Where do you think the COVID virus came from?” Carlson asked him toward the end of the segment.
“Well, allegedly from a laboratory on the other side of the world. But no deep investigation or no in-depth investigation has been conducted. It would seem that COVID has proved to be of interest for many people in the world. Many heads of state ended up imposing their will and they felt the taste of dictatorship. In Brazil, state governance felt the taste as acting as dictators by mandating that people should stay at home and shutting down shops, and not allowing people to go to school if they had not been vaccinated,” Bolsonaro stated.
“So, they felt that power in their hands. They could do everything during COVID. And more importantly, when it came to the public will itself… I mean, many things could be purchased by governors and mayors, although many of them, or the vast majority are honest, but they were nevertheless able to buy just about anything without much of a sense of responsibility. So that taste of not being accountable for your actions during COVID is something that flourished among many top officials in Brazil,” he concluded.
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