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‘If Covid vaccine turns you into a crocodile…’: Brazilian President’s remarks trigger memes

"In the Pfizer contract, it's very clear: 'we're not responsible for any side effects.' If you turn into a crocodile, it's your problem," he said, according to news agency AFP.

By: Trends Desk | New Delhi | Updated: December 21, 2020 10:25:34 am
Bolsonaro's bizarre remark quickly went viral and #jacare memes took over the internet in Brazil. (Source: AP, scoobydawg1/Twitter)

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has cautioned his citizens that his government won’t be responsible if the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine turns people into “crocodiles” or make women bearded as a side-effect, leaving netizens baffled.

Bolsonaro, who had tested positive for coronavirus after months of undermining the pandemic shared Brazil’s vaccine distribution plans recently, saying that inoculations would eventually be provided free of charge “for everyone who wants it,” while insisting that he has chosen not to be vaccinated.

“In the Pfizer contract, it’s very clear: ‘we’re not responsible for any side-effects.’ If you turn into a crocodile, it’s your problem,” he said, according to news agency AFP.

“If you become superhuman, if a woman starts to grow a beard or if a man starts to speak with an effeminate voice, they will not have anything to do with it,” he added for the vaccine that is already being used in the United States and Britain.

“Some people say I’m giving a bad example. But to the imbeciles, to the idiots that say this, I tell them I’ve already caught the virus, I have the antibodies, so why get vaccinated?” he said in his defence.

Soon, his remarks about the vaccine went viral, leaving people confused. The statement also sparked meme-fest online involving crocodiles. Hashtag #jacare started to trend in Brazil which translates to an alligator.

Bolsonaro’s statements are particularly alarming as Brazil’s death toll stands at 185,687, which is second only to the United States, the worst-hit nation both in terms of the total number of cases and deaths.

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