Brazil’s anti-LGBTQ president claims COVID-19 vaccines cause AIDS

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10/26/2021

Brazil’s anti-LGBTQ President Jair Bolsonaro claimed that the COVID-19 vaccines cause AIDS in a video posted to social media, which Facebook and other platforms deleted days later because it violated their policies against coronavirus misinformation. Last Thursday, Bolsonaro claimed in one of his weekly live broadcasts to have seen reports from the U.K. that “suggest that people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are developing Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome much faster than expected.” “I recommend you read the article,” he added. “I’m not going to read it here, because I don’t want to lose my Facebook live video.” Bolsonaro didn’t say where the article could be found. The AFP said that the British government has denied that any such report exists, and the Brazilian Society of Infectious Disease Specialists said there is no connection between any of the vaccines and HIV or AIDS.

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