The president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, again defended the medicine hydroxychloroquine as a cure for COVID-19 disease, also called the CCP Virus.

During a speech in Porto Alegre on Dec. 10, the president stressed that the drug is useful as an “early treatment.”

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the drug is reserved for patients suffering from malaria, an infectious disease transmitted by a mosquito’s bite.

However, many specialists stress that hydroxychloroquine is also effective in treating the CCP Virus during the early stage of a patient’s infection.

To highlight hydroxychloroquine’s effectiveness, Bolsonaro said that in Africa, a continent that suffers significantly from malaria, those citizens who consume malaria medicine also obtain protection against the COVID-19 disease.

“That’s why the mortality level of COVID-19 is so low,” he said in his speech.

“People say, ‘Oh, there’s no scientific proof that it works. We all know that there is no scientific proof, but there is also no one scientifically saying that it has no effect. So let’s use it,” he said.

What do you think of the CCP virus?

Bolsonaro was infected with the CCP Virus in July of this year and used hydroxychloroquine to cure himself.

After his recovery, Bolsonaro said, “I am cured of COVID. I have antibodies. I have no problems. In my particular case, first I thank God, and second, the medicine prescribed by the president’s doctor: hydroxychloroquine.” 

According to the conservative leader, he was aware that someday he was going to get infected, but he played down the importance.

“Unfortunately, I think that almost all of you will be infected some day,” said Bolsonaro to those present in Porto Alegre, whom he invited to “face” the virus.

“What are you afraid of,” he asked them, adding that “people die every day from a number of causes … that’s life.”

No to the vaccine

Bolsonaro said he has already decided to reject a future vaccine against the CCP virus. “I’m telling you, I’m not going to get it. It is my right,” said the president.

He has been extremely critical of the vaccine being developed by the Sinovac laboratory, distrusting its credibility, precisely because of its Chinese origin.

The Brazilian president has already said that, despite some opposition mayors having signed agreements with the Chinese laboratory, the national government will not buy the vaccine called CoronaVac.

On Nov. 9, Brazilian health authorities were forced to suspend the phase 3 clinical trial of Sinovac’s vaccine, arguing a “serious adverse event.” According to reports, the suspension came after the death of one of the trial volunteers was confirmed.

Within this framework, Bolsonaro already advanced that any type of vaccine against the CCP Virus will not be mandatory.