RIO DE ANNEYRO (AP) – Last week, news and conspiracy theories circulated about the whereabouts of Zee Gotinya, the mascot of the nation’s national vaccine program.
The scandal surrounding the gestured Zé Gotinha began on Wednesday after former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva drew attention to his recent absence.
“Where is our beloved Zee Gotina?” That was what Silva said in a speech criticizing President Air Air Bolsonaro’s handling of the epidemic.
Gotina, roughly translated as “eo Katil”, which resembles the overgrown Casper of Friendly Vision, was created in the 1980s to help the Ministry of Health promote vaccination against polio and reassure children.
“Vaccine advertisements were very heavy. “They were connected to something terrible, tragic, life-threatening,” said Carla Dominguez, former coordinator of the National Immunization Program from 2011 to 2019.
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But the last time Gotinha was seen at a ceremony in Brazil on December 16, the national vaccination program was launched. A popular character for children rejected Bolsonaro’s experience under the guise of social distance.
Bolsonaro’s rival left-back Da Silva presented his own theory about what happened to Gotinja. “Bolsonaro fired him because he thought he was from the Labor Party.”
One theory is that mascot advertising services may not be necessary at this time, as Brazil uses its limited doses to vaccinate seniors in primary care groups who are not yet children.
Many on social media are speculating on Gotinha’s fate. One man talked about the drama of Gotinha being unemployed. Another commented on the typical poster of a lost child with a talisman և “disappeared”.
“Welcome to Gotina for a speedy recovery.” “Only this hero can save us,” said a Twitter user who suggested that the talisman could cure the disease.
As coronavirus vaccines have been introduced in Brazil, Bolsonaro has questioned their effectiveness. He has recently begun to reverse such skepticism, but continues to argue that drugs such as hydroxychloroquine may help prevent hospitalization, even though they have not been shown in rigorous studies.
Due to the slow spread of Supplies, almost 5% of Brazil has received at least one vaccine so far, according to the Brazilian Council of State Secretaries of National Health. However, 79% of Brazilians want to be vaccinated, according to a survey published by the Datafolha poll on January 23, which is 6% more than in the previous December poll.
On Friday, Gotina’s picture appeared on social media by Eduardo Bolsonaro, the president’s son, the federal legislator. The talisman depicted a syringe in the form of an assault rifle. “Our weapon is the vaccine,” the legislator wrote.
Gotinha creator, painter Darlan Rosa was horrified.
“(Gotinha) was perceived as educational in nature. “There is nothing educational in the gun,” Rosa told Folha de S. Paulo. Carlos Latouf, another cartoonist, painted a picture of Gotina breaking his gun from his knee.
Dominguez, a former vaccine coordinator, said Gotina was part of the vaccination effort.
“It was thought that Gotina vaccination was a holiday for children, it was a great success,” said Dominguez. “He was one of the main culprits in the change in immunization.”