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Facebook deletes video of Brazil’s Bolsonaro diffusing claims about vaccine

18:09, 25 October 2021
Facebook deletes video of Brazil’s Bolsonaro diffusing claims about vaccine Photo: Kremlin Pool/Global Look Press

In the video President Jair Bolsonaro presumed that COVID-jabs result in AIDS.

On Sunday the Facebook platform removed a video of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro claiming that COVID vaccines develop AIDS in the human body. The footage, released on Thursday was also deleted on Instagram.

"Our policies don't allow claims that COVID vaccines kill or seriously harm people," a Facebook representative said on Monday.

In the video, the President referred to an article which he refused to read since he anticipated that it might cause problems with Facebook. 

Earlier the UN Programme on HIV and AIDS announced that COVID vaccines are safe for those who suffer from HIV.

The Brazilian society of Infectious Diseases has confirmed the information and assured that AIDS and COVID vaccines were not linked. 

This is not the first time American social networks delete videos made by the Brazilian President. In July YouTube took down Bolsonaro’s videos in which he advised taking hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin against COVID though it had been proved by scientists that the medicines had no impact on coronavirus.

Jair Bolsonaro, notorious for his anti-vaccine polemic, has not been vaccinated and said that he would be the last Brazilian to do it. However, during the September UN General Assembly, he announced that he opposed introducing health passes and not vaccination itself.

Brazil is one of the countries hit the hardest by the pandemic. Approximately 21.7 mln cases have been recorded since the pandemic outbreak with around 606,000 deaths - the third and second worst results in the world respectively.