Brazil’s Health Minister says Bolsonaro’s anti-mask stance is aimed at promting research

The government has been harshly criticized for Bolsonaro's anti-mask position.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga downplayed President Jair Bolsonaro’s request - amidst the current upsurge of the pandemic - to produce an opinion evaluating the possibility of relaxing mask use in Brazil. According to Queiroga, Bolsonaro's stance aims to "spur" Brazilian researchers.

"The president wants to encourage research in all areas. When the president, very efficiently, draws attention to this point about masks, what he is trying to do is to draw . . .

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