President Jair Bolsonaro (no party) and his government tried, for nine days, to secure a donation of liquid oxygen from the United States to the Amazon. However, according to a document from the President’s chief of staff about actions to resolve the crisis in the state, it was not successful until late Monday afternoon (25).

In the same period, Venezuela—a country under the regime of dictator Nicolás Maduro and criticized by the president and his allies—had already delivered three shipments of oxygen to Manaus. This month, the capital of Amazonas faces a resurgence in the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs requested oxygen from the American government. The negotiations began on January 17, when Donald Trump, of whom Bolsonaro was an ally, was on his way out of the White House and continued after the inauguration of Democrat Joe Biden on the 20th.

The Brazilian president was one of the last world leaders to acknowledge Biden’s victory and claimed fraud in the election of the Democrat, adding fuel to Trump’s speech until the end of the power transition in the U.S.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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Source: Folha de Sao Paulo