Bolsonaro calls Covid vaccine being developed by São Paulo´s Butantan Institute “mandrake”

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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro attacked the São Paulo-based world-renowned Butantan Institute when inviting the Minister of Science and Technology, Marcos Pontes, to talk about a vaccine entirely produced in the country by researchers from Ribeirão Preto.

President Jair Bolsonaro called the new vaccine against Covid-19 developed by the Butantan Institute "mandrake". The entity, which is linked to the government of São Paulo and has already developed Coronavac in partnership with the Chinese laboratory Sinovac, is now working to create a Brazilian immunizer, called Butanvac.

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