Brazil is planning to allow vaccinated and previously infected people to not wear face masks, President Jair Bolsonaro announced on June 10.
President Bolsonaro, who was against lockdowns and social distancing despite his country having the second-deadliest coronavirus outbreak, said in a speech that quarantines should be only for infected people.
According to him, Quarantines should be only for those who are infected.
“They are useful for people who are infected,” he said.
Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga informed that Mr. President has asked him for a study on the use of masks in Brazil.
The minister, however, testified this week before a Senate commission of inquiry that masks should be used to prevent transmission.
He also contradicted Bolsonaro on the use of hydroxychloroquine, saying there was no evidence the anti-malaria drug is effective in treating COVID-19 patients.
Recently, Bolsonaro defended the use of chloroquine and said it had helped reduce COVID-19 deaths in Brazil, which he maintained have been over-reported by including fatalities caused by other illnesses.
More than 480,000 Brazilians have died from COVID-19 so far, yet the vaccination program in the country has been slow to get off the ground.