Political Tensions and the Failure to Curb COVID-19 in Brazil

Author
Bartlomiej Znojek
Content Type
Special Report
Institution
The Polish Institute of International Affairs
Abstract
The spread rate of COVID-19 in Brazil is increasing and the policies of the federal government, headed by President Jair Bolsonaro, do not contribute to a slowdown in the pandemic. Bolsonaro downplays the threat and rejects restrictive measures as he priori-tises support for the economy. He has clashed with state governors who introduced restrictions and with the Federal Supreme Court, which defended their autonomy. The deteriorating situation in Brazil amid the pandemic and political situation diminish Bolsonaro’s chances of re-election in 2022 and may strain his government’s relations with EU partners.
Topic
Government, Health, Politics, Health Care Policy, Coronavirus, Pandemic, Jair Bolsonaro
Political Geography
Brazil, South America