Brazil presidential candidate Bolsonaro will not be vaccinated

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Bolsonaro told supporters at his first campaign rally he wants to reverse the historic vaccination programme for children Brazil’s far-right presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro says he will not…

Brazil presidential candidate Bolsonaro will not be vaccinated

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Bolsonaro told supporters at his first campaign rally he wants to reverse the historic vaccination programme for children

Brazil’s far-right presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro says he will not be vaccinated against polio or polio-type disease.

Mr Bolsonaro, who made the comments at his first campaign rally, said it was unfair to be vaccinated for a “non-existent disease”.

The comments caused outrage among medical professionals who fear his hard-line, anti-gay views and rise to power could harm the health of Brazilians.

Mr Bolsonaro beat his rival Fernando Haddad of the Workers’ Party (PT) in the first round of elections earlier this week.

He now faces leftist candidate Ciro Gomes in the final round of voting on Sunday.

“I personally wouldn’t be vaccinated,” Mr Bolsonaro said on Thursday, according to The Associated Press.

He added: “They’ve vaccinated millions of people, some of whom live in slums, without consultation with me.”

In June, another former president of Brazil, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, was jailed while awaiting a decision on his appeal for a sixth corruption conviction.

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