Lula’s appeal to Draghi: “The vaccine is for everyone, not just for those who can buy it”
“The vaccine is not only for those who can buy it but for all human beings”. Lula, given as a favorite to return to the Brazilian presidency next year, has appealed to Mario Draghi and other G20 leaders to ensure that all countries, regardless of their economic condition, can receive vaccines.
“If I could send a message to President Draghi, I would say that it is important that at the G20 in October a decision is taken by all countries to make up for vaccine deficiencies in the poorest countries”, said Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who already led the most populous country in South America from 2003 to 2010.
In an interview with Sky Tg24, the former trade unionist declared that there is no immediate and unilateral solution to the pandemic. “A state alone cannot solve the problem”, he declared, affirming that a better “world governance” than the current one based on the United Nations is needed, capable of helping even the poorest. “For a long time I have been saying that the vaccine must become a good for humanity”, he said, recalling that all the inhabitants of the planet “have the right to be treated with dignity”.
Lula is preparing to return as president of Brazil in the elections of October 2022, in which the polls give him a strong advantage over the current head of state, Jair Bolsonaro. The former army captain, heavily criticized for his handling of the pandemic, was the winner of the 2018 vote in which Lula was unable to take part because he was arrested as part of the anti-corruption operation Lava Jato. The 75-year-old from Caetés was released from prison in 2019 after more than a year and a half of imprisonment and his sentence was then overturned by the Supreme Court, which instead sentenced former magistrate Sergio Moro, who had in turn sentenced him before becoming minister of the Justice of Bolsonaro.
“There has been interference in my process. We have evidence of the participation of the US Department of Justice, we have evidence of the participation of American prosecutors, ”Lula told Sky Tg24, recalling that it took almost three years to prove his innocence, after spending 580 days in prison. “The United States is not the sheriff of the world, the United States must not spy on other countries,” Lula said, asking Biden that the United States “learn to work with its allies in a more democratic way”.