When Governor João Doria (PSDB) inaugurated vaccination against Covid on January 17, it seemed like a resounding victory. Seven months later, with almost all adults in São Paulo immunized, it is evident that Jair Bolsonaro, he did, won the war.
The president escaped defeat by the pandemic on two fronts. In São Paulo, its campaign in favor of the virus forced the reopening of activities ahead of time. In the other, in Brasília, he managed to cover with smoke the revolting revelations of the CPI about negotiations and prevarication in the purchase of vaccines.
Doria always claims that the progressive suspension of restrictions is based on technical criteria, respect for science and expert recommendations. The collective immunization, in its logic, would authorize the resumption. Whoever wants to believe.
First of all, there is no point in talking about population immunity. Until Friday (13), it is true, 88.2% of adults in São Paulo had received a first dose, a non-negligible number. And the government of São Paulo promises to reach 100% this Monday (16).
On the other hand, only 26.9% of the general population of the state were then with complete protection against the Sars-CoV-2 virus. The coronavirus still finds ample room to multiply and undergo mutations that can better adapt it to the human population.
Second, epidemiologists not committed to the governor have always considered it a mistake to manage Covid with an eye on the numbers of admissions and occupancy of ICU beds. Such indicators are falling, as are cases and deaths, but there have been other setbacks and new waves before; what matters is the transmission.
Delta, one of the variants that emerged with the continued circulation of the virus, appeared in India and today accounts for 90% of new Covid diagnoses in the world. Its contagion capacity is twice as high as at the beginning of the pandemic, there are indications that it may be more lethal, and it has barely begun to spread across Brazil.
Even in the face of this, Doria announced three weeks in advance that life would return to normal on Wednesday (18th). There will no longer be time limits or capacity in bars, restaurants and shops; clusters such as dance floors remain banned.
Graduations, weddings and parties return, bars will fill up more than they used to, buses and trains will continue to be crowded as always. The governor, of course, maintains the recommendation to wear masks, but who believes that he will have the means to enforce compliance with the measure?
After 17 months of Covid in Brazil, nearly 600,000 deaths and rampant bargaining on the Planalto, nobody could stand the restrictions any longer. The population surrendered to the corona, as Bolsonaro always prescribed, and as she capitulated to Doria.
It is only in contrast to the presidential slaughter that the governor was able to pose as a champion of science, even though he plunged into successive relaxations, contrary to the precautionary principle. No administrator with more than 142,000 dead on his turn can claim victory over Covid.
Neither Doria, nor much less Bolsonaro. The president, with more than 567,000 deaths in the medical record, obviously caused much greater harm, not least because he sabotaged as much as he could of what certain political rivals were trying to do.
Only the military, businessmen, parliamentarians, police, ruralists, pastors, many doctors and other types of crooks still support him, regardless of the mountain of corpses. It is in this sense that Bolsonaro won: he managed to make us indifferent to the nauseating odor of death that spread across the country.’
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