To prevent the spread of the Omigran variant, a Brazilian Supreme Court judge ruled on Saturday to make it mandatory for travelers arriving in the country to be issued a Covit 19 anti-vaccine certificate.
The decision, which is yet to be reviewed by the other nine magistrates of the Federal Supreme Court, is in response to a request from the Red Sustainability Party (center left). Brazilian health regulator Anvisa has suggested that travelers to Brazil need a health passport, where at least eight omega cases have been confirmed, and more tourists are expected to arrive during the holidays.
The government on Tuesday rejected the move by far-right President Jair Bolsanaro, who opted for compulsory five-day isolation for unvaccinated passengers, which was recommended by Anvisa.
Supreme Court Judge Luis Barroso ruled that only travelers who are considered unqualified for vaccination against COVID-19 or from countries where there is no mass vaccination for “exceptional humanitarian reasons” can be isolated according to medical criteria.
“In a country like Brazil, the authorities face difficulties, only to monitor prisoners by electronic bracelet,” the judge argued, adding that “isolation should be used with extreme caution”. Called “stupid” by Bolzano. His results.
The president, who has vowed not to be vaccinated, opposes the move, which he considers a “failure” for the Brazilian people.
Many cities, including Rio de Janeiro, already require vaccination certification to access certain public places.
Brazil has recorded more than 615,000 deaths from COVID-19 since the outbreak, making it the second most tragic country after the United States. But with 65% of its 213 million people vaccinated, the number of infections and deaths has dropped in recent months.