Brazil’s Health Surveillance Secretary to Step Down Today

Wanderson de Oliveira, an advocate of social isolation, resigned on April 15th, but stayed on at the request of ex-Minister Mandetta; the Ministry confirms his departure but does not appoint a successor.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Wanderson de Oliveira, the Ministry of Health’s National Surveillance Secretary, announced he will step down on Monday, May 25th. He resigned on April 15th, but then Minister of Health Henrique Mandetta refused to let him go.

During Mandetta’s administration, Oliveira was one of Ministry’s officials most involved in actions to tackle the pandemic. Like the ex-Minister, the Secretary advocates social isolation to contain the coronavirus, a measure criticized by . . .

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