Accusing WHO of ‘ideological bias’, Bolsonaro says he may follow the US president’s footsteps and leave the UN health body. Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro is threatening to withdraw his country from the World Health Organization after Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from the organization.
The threat comes after the World Health Organization warned the world government against lifting the lockdown in their respective countries, before they are able to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
On Friday, Bolsonaro told journalists outside the country presidential palace that unless WHO stopped being biased, he would join the U.S. in withdrawing Brazil from the United Nations organization.
He said, “I’m telling you right now, the United States left the WHO, and we’re studying that, in the future,”either the WHO works without ideological bias, or we leave, too.”
Last month Donald Trump pulled the U.S. out of the WHO, accusing the organization of being a puppet controlled by the Chinese government. The media have always claimed that U.S. president Donald Trump and his Brazilian counterpart, Jair Bolsonaro share the same ideology.
Bolsonaro has also followed Trump’s part in the handling of the covid-19 outbreak, he has downplayed the severity of the disease, criticized state governments lockdown orders, and advertised hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine drugs as a cure for the coronavirus.
And just like his American counterpart, Brazil is now the country with the third-highest death in the world behind the United States and the United Kingdom.
According to an editorial published on the front page of Brazil’s Folha de S Paulo’s newspaper, just a 100 days ago, Bolsonaro called the coronavirus “a little flu” and since then the virus has gone on to kill over 35,000 Brazilians. “While you were reading this, another Brazilian died from the coronavirus,” the newspaper said.
The Brazilian ministry of health, on Thursday revealed that the country’s cases had climbed to over 600,000 and that within 24-hours there were over 1,437 deaths, on Friday the death toll was 1,005.
But despite this alarming number, the president has consistently called for the lifting of the country’s isolation orders, saying that the economic costs of the lockdown far outweigh the public health risks, the same argument Trump has been using.