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On the day Brazil passed 500,000 deaths from COVID-19, thousands took to the streets to express their anger at the government’s handling of the pandemic. Protests took place in at least 44 cities in 20 states across the country on Saturday. Protesters accuse President Jair Bolsonaro of genocide in his response to the pandemic and they want him to step down. His government has refused to support social distancing measures and the country has been slow to acquire vaccines. Pharmaceutical maker Pfizer said it received no response to the first offers to sell vaccines to the government between August and November last year. This protester says she has lost friends and that people have been orphaned, fatherless, motherless and childless because of Bolsanaro. of Brazilians are fully vaccinated and 29% have received a first dose. Epidemiologists warn that with the onset of winter in the southern hemisphere and the circulation of new variants of the coronavirus, deaths will continue to rise even as vaccinations gain momentum. Intensive care units are already operating near capacity across the country. This week, new confirmed cases in Brazil have accelerated to more than 70,000 a day on average rabies. Brazil has the second highest death toll in the world after the United States.