COVID-19 and Conflict | The state’s failure to respond to COVID-19 in Brazil: an intentional disaster
By Fiorella Macchiavello, Renata Cavalcanti Muniz and Lee Pegler
The COVID-19 pandemic in Brazil stretches beyond the fight against the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The inaction of the government over the past year to counter the effects of the pandemic has worsened living conditions for millions of Brazilians and ultimately resulted in the loss of lives. We argue that the intentional disaster resulting from the mismanagement of the pandemic was caused by the direct (in)action of the federal government as gross negligence rooted in apathy clashed with historically constructed conditions.