The USA is ahead of Brazil, which holds the second-highest number of deaths related to COVID-19. The unfortunate record for Brazil is now showing over 500,000 deaths and experts say that it could increase due to the slow vaccination process together with the winter lower down temperatures.
While the virus expands into the country slightly slower than in USA, with a population of over 213 million, the Brazilian Congress is investigating the governmental handing of the pandemic, seeking answers on President Bolsonaro crisis ‘s management.
The health institute Fundación Oswaldo Cruz, Fiocruz, says the situation is “critical”. Only 15% of adults are fully vaccinated. President Bolsonaro has been heavily criticized for not implementing a coordinated national response and for delaying the purchase of vaccines for political reasons, as he has consistently played down the severity of the pandemic.
The outbreak in Brazil has been exacerbate by more transmissible variants of the virus, including the latest Delta and one first identified in the Amazon region. An average of 70,000 cases has been confirmed daily in the last week, as of 14 June 2021, 25.98% of the population has received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine.