Brazil’s COVID-19 death toll has now topped nearly 260,000, the world’s second-worst after the United States, as hospitals are overwhelmed with new cases. International concern is also growing about the P1 variant of the virus, which overwhelmed the Amazonian city of Manaus and caused its hospitals to run out of oxygen.
Less than 4% of Brazil’s population has been vaccinated. Marcia Castro, a demography professor at Harvard University, says the crisis in Brazil is due to “a combination of inaction and also wrongdoing” by officials, including President Jair Bolsonaro, who has opposed lockdowns, masks, and other public health measures.
“It’s going to get worse before it gets better,” warns Castro.
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