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I will not step down: President Rousseff

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Bras’lia - DF, 08/02/2011. Presidenta Dilma Rousseff durante grava‹o no Pal‡cio da Alvorada. Foto: Roberto Stuckert Filho/PR.
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Rio De Janeiro: Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff has reaffirmed that she will not step down from the government, before a scheduled nationwide protest against her government on Sunday.

Foto Oficial Presidenta Dilma Rousseff.  Foto: Roberto Stuckert Filho.In an interview with local TV station SBT, the Brazilian president said she had never thought about resigning, despite the pressure from the opposition, which has repeatedly called for her impeachment, Xinhua news agency reported on Friday.

“Why did I never consider resigning? Because, it is not possible that someone intends to take down a president, elected by popular vote, just for disagreeing with some policies and processes,” she said.

“We must learn that democracy demands respect for the institutions, and this is essential, not only for me, but for all other presidents who come after me,” added Rousseff.

It is not the first time that the president has made such a statement — in fact, she appeared in another two events earlier on Wednesday — making similar speeches and stressing the importance of the matter at different occasions over the past weeks.

Rousseff held a cabinet meeting on Sunday in which she reportedly reaffirmed her intention to publicly counter the opposition’s efforts.

The president has been reiterating in the media the importance of respecting institutions and election results for the South American country to overcome its economic problems and to be respected abroad.

She also commented on the large protest against her government scheduled for Sunday. She said that such actions are a part of democracy, but the president condemned intolerance and violence.

(IANS)

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Brazil to vaccinate entire population against yellow fever

Thirty-four million people need to be vaccinated there, with 23 million in the northeast and 11 million in the south of the country

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Yellow fever is a mosquito-borne viral disease found in tropical Africa and South and Central America.
Yellow fever is a mosquito-borne viral disease found in tropical Africa and South and Central America. Wikimedia Commons

Brazilian Health Minister Ricardo Barros has proposed to vaccinate the entire country against yellow fever after the disease emerged in new areas.

The recommendation will now be discussed with international organisations, such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).

At the start of February, vaccination efforts began in states of Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Bahia, seeking to immunize 19.7 million people against yellow fever, for which cases have been rising since last year, Xinhua news agency reported.

According to Barros on Thursday, if the government approves the idea, separate programs will take place in each state of the country.

Also Read: Study: Partial Dose of Yellow Fever Vaccine Provides Protection

Barros added that the vaccination campaign should be rolled out gradually, according to the capacity of each state.

Certain northeastern and southern regions of the country have not seen campaigns so far, as there have been no outbreaks of yellow fever there.

At the start of February, vaccination efforts began in states of Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Bahia.
At the start of February, vaccination efforts began in states of Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Bahia. Wikimedia Commons

Thirty-four million people need to be vaccinated there, with 23 million in the northeast and 11 million in the south of the country.

A plant belonging to Libbs Farmaceutica in Sao Paulo is currently about to begin production of 4 million doses of the vaccine a month.

From July 1, 2017, to February 20, 2018, Brazil has confirmed 545 cases of yellow fever, with 164 deaths.

A further 1,773 suspected cases have been noted, with 685 having been eliminated and 422 still under investigation. (IANS)

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