Tutankhamun’s curse continues to haunt presidents who fail to cope with pandemic

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announced that he is rejecting the coronavirus vaccine, even though the country currently has more than 6 million cases.

This is not the odious leader’s first statement in a series of skepticisms about vaccination programs.

“I’m telling you I don’t plan to take it. It’s my right,” Bolsonaro said.

He also added that Brazil’s parliament is unlikely to oblige citizens to be vaccinated, even though more than 171,000 Brazilians have already died of COVID-19 complications.

The president’s controversial statements did not end there. He also questioned the effectiveness of the masks, hinting at the lack of significant evidence of their role in containing the coronavirus.

Back in October, he wrote on his Twitter that only his dog would need to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, 66, may need emergency surgery after 10 days of persistent hiccups, his office said. He is being transferred to a hospital in São Paulo to be examined for bowel obstruction.

In a tweet, Mr. Bolsonaro said he would “be back soon, God willing.”

The president went to a military hospital in Brasilia early Wednesday morning, and medics said then that he would be under observation for 24 to 48 hours.

But later that day, the president’s administration said Antonio Luiz Macedo, the surgeon who operated on Bolsonaro in 2018, recommended that the president be transferred to São Paulo for more tests and possible surgery.

Fabio Faria, Brazil’s public relations manager, told reporters that Mr. Bolsonaro was sedated the morning before he left for São Paulo.

The president’s son, Flavio, told CNN Brasil that his father underwent a procedure to remove fluid from his stomach as a precaution.

Flavio added that his father has had problems with his speech, but that if surgery is needed, it should not be a serious procedure.

Mr. Bolsonaro had previously tweeted a photo of him lying in a hospital bed, complete with sensors and cables, and a man who looked like a priest standing next to his bed.

After two and a half years of a controversial presidency, Bolsonaro is under growing pressure to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic.

Earlier this month, tens of thousands of people took to the streets to protest allegations of corruption related to the purchase of vaccines.

As many conspiracy theorists pointed out a few days ago, the presidents of Burundi, Tanzania, and Haiti all passed away suddenly over the past year. The reasons for their deaths varied, but what they all had in common was a lack of success in combating the pandemic.

And now, coincidentally, the president of Brazil, who had also had little success against the pandemic, suddenly felt unwell and required surgical treatment. It must be some kind of Tutankhamen curse. We don’t even know who it will affect next time, but we’ll keep an eye on developments.