What do Brazilians think of Americans?

Brazil threatens to withdraw from the WHO

After the US, Brazil is now considering leaving the World Health Organization (WHO). President Jair Bolsonaro told journalists that his administration was analyzing the United States' exit from the WHO. "Either the WHO works without ideological bias or we are outside too," he said, adding, "We don't need outside people to give us advice on health here."

US President Donald Trump announced his country's break with the WHO a week ago. In the dispute over how to deal with the corona pandemic, the USA stopped paying contributions in mid-April. Trump accuses the UN sub-organization of "mismanagement" and of being completely under the control of China. The People's Republic is considered the country of origin of the novel corona virus.

US President Trump claims that the WHO is unilateral in favor of China

The United States has been one of the WHO's largest donors to date. It looks very different with Brazil. According to a report by the newspaper "Folha de São Paulo", the South American country stopped its payments in 2019. According to this, Brazil owes the WHO the equivalent of 33 million US dollars.

Trump and the right-wing populist Bolsonaro maintain a close relationship. There are certain similarities in political terms and in terms of public appearances, which is why Bolsonaro is also known as the "Tropical Trump".

Brazil is considered the new epicenter of the corona pandemic

The Brazilian president, like Trumo, has come under massive criticism for his handling of the corona pandemic. He described the lung disease caused by the virus in the past as "minor flu".

After the corona restrictions have been relaxed, many people are again on the street in the coastal metropolis of Rio de Janeiro

According to official information, more than 650,000 corona infections have now been found in Brazil. With over 35,000 deaths linked to COVID-19, Brazil is now one of the epicentres of the pandemic. A new daily high was registered on Thursday with 1,473 deaths. The country has the third highest death toll in the world after the US and the UK.

Bolsonaro, however, is urging the states to quickly remove restrictions on public life, which is also happening these days. According to him, the economic damage is greater than the health risks for the general public. Experts at home and abroad criticize this sharply.

The WHO warns the governments in Latin America, where a total of more than 1.1 million infections have been identified, against hasty easing. First, the spread of the virus must be slowed down, said WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris in Geneva.

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