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‘Change with Biden could represent thousands of lives’

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São Paulo – Former Foreign Minister Celso Amorim says he has no illusions about Joe Biden’s inauguration in the United States. For him, the inauguration, after an act of threat to the Capitol, “gives a certain relief”. But the United States will continue to pursue its interests. “And these interests will often contradict ours, the countries of Latin America and developing countries. This is not going to change. However, the change in style counts ”, notes Amorim, who was also Minister of Defense. “I usually say that, in politics, and international politics especially, the nuances can represent many thousands of lives, and we cannot ignore this fact”, he adds.

For the diplomat, there will be an improvement in relations between the United States and international organizations. “And it will leave the Brazilian government more isolated, if these extreme right positions are not changed, and it is very difficult for it to change. This is positive for Latin America and South America. ”

Biden took office exactly two weeks after the unprecedented extremist attack on the Capitol by followers of now ex-President Donald Trump, the Republican who cracked his party and divided the country. Like Brazilian Jair Bolsonaro, he minimized the covid-19 pandemic, downplayed science, strolled and went to official events without a mask and defended chloroquine as an efficient drug against the virus. As a result, the USA is today the leader in the ranking in number of cases (25 million) and deaths (414 thousand). Bolsonaro’s Brazil is the second in the world in deaths (213 thousand) and the third in infected (8.6 million), behind India (10.6 million), which appears in third in deaths (153 thousand).

Repercussions

“Regarding Brazil, evidently the change in the USA has repercussions, because here we have a government whose main support is the extreme right, linked to Trump. It is enough to see that Trump, on his last day, pardoned Steve Bannon, the main ideologist of the extreme right ”, observes Amorim. “Of course, this does not mean that the United States will stop being protectionist in this or that, that it will defend different interests in the WTO. But they are going to conduct things differently, which allows for more dialogue. ”

In explaining the positive character of the change with Biden, Celso Amorim cites former Democratic President Jimmy Carter as an example, who ruled the USA between 1977 and 1981. “He was defending American interests, of course, but he ended up playing a positive role. At the time, in Brazil, they were military governments and changes began to occur, because even the economic and media elites in the countries do not like to fight with the United States. ”

Less aggressive attitudes towards Venezuela, for example, although Biden does not initially change his position in relation to the South American country, it may be an example that the more “positive” airs in the White House can even prevent deaths, inevitable in a military conflict. A year ago, Trump announced that he recognized Juan Guaidó, leader of the coup opposition, as interim president of the South American country.

“There will be a change in this style, which will give a little more tranquility to international relations”, evaluates the former Brazilian chancellor. “Biden’s defense of multilateralism is better than taking purely unilateral actions, based on the strength or threat of the force, whether economic or military.”

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Argentina extends border closure with Brazil

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Opera Mundi – Argentina decided on Sunday (28) to extend the deadline for closing air and land borders with Brazil until March 12, extending the previous decree that determined that they should reopen as of this Monday (1st) ).

Argentine health authorities considered it necessary to maintain the blockade at the borders and a 50% reduction in flights between the two countries.

The country is also closed to foreigners from other neighboring countries and the United Kingdom. Only Argentineans or residents can enter.

According to the Minister of Health, Carla Vizzotti, the measure is taken “in a preventive manner until knowledge about the new Brazilian variant of the virus deepens”.

Brazil has been experiencing the worst moment of the covid-19 pandemic in recent weeks. The moving average of deaths in the last seven days broke a new record and reached 1,180. With 50,840 new diagnoses registered in one day, the number of cases in the country is already over 10.5 million.

Vaccination in Argentina

While seeing its neighbor in the worst scenario of the pandemic, Argentina is advancing in vaccination against covid-19. There are already more than 903 thousand doses applied.

This week, the Argentine laboratory Richmond announced a partnership with the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) to start producing the Sputnik V vaccine nationwide.

On the night of last Friday (26), Argentina received 96 thousand doses of the Sinopharm vaccine against covid-19. According to the Minister of Health, these doses have already started to be distributed on Saturday.

* With Sputnik

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