The Brazilian national team achieved another victory after the Amiri Cup, which ended yesterday at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan.
The bronze medalists and coaching staff received a COVID-19 vaccine on Sunday while staying on the island following the efforts of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) in America.
“On Sunday morning, the Brazilian women’s basketball team and the entire technical committee were vaccinated against COVID-19. The Brazilian Basketball Federation (CBB) appreciates the efforts of FIBA Americas, AmeriCup and the medical team (from Brazil) to make this event possible.” Medal on the chest And the vaccine is on the arm,” the CBB wrote on social media.
One day after achieving third place with a win over Canada, all the players and the coaching staff stood happily with their vaccination cards.
The Brazilian country passed half a million deaths from the deadly virus on Saturday, a tragedy that many critics attribute to President Jair Bolsonaro’s attempt to curb the pandemic.
The Brazilian government is also running a slow vaccination campaign that has vaccinated less than 12% of the population. The country of about 213 million people records nearly 100,000 new infections and 2,000 deaths daily.
Brazil national team player, Clarissa dos Santos, appreciated the opportunity to get vaccinated.
“(This) is an out-of-court victory,” Dos Santos wrote on his social media with the hashtag #VacunasSí. “We pray that everyone will have a chance later. Thank you AmeriCup and FIBA for the opportunity to experience this moment today,” he added with a smiley image and various tags like #VacunaParaTodos and #VacunaSalvaVidas.
Dos Santos was in the perfect pentathlon for the AmeriCup alongside Puerto Rican Jennifer O’Neill, Manuela Rios (Colombia), Rain Howard and Elisa Konan (USA).
Meanwhile, Puerto Rico continues its campaign to vaccinate young people over the age of 12.
So far, about 1.3 million people have been fully vaccinated on the island, while 1.7 million have received at least one dose. Puerto Rico has a population of approximately 3.1 million.
About 2,540 people have died from COVID-19.