Street vendors sell fake vaccine against Covid for 50 reais in Rio de Janeiro
Cultural producer Jones MFjay says that in Madureira, a neighborhood in the northern part of Rio, which is eternized by Arlindo Cruz’s samba, there has always been a fable: every day two people go out on the street, a rascal and a mane. When they meet, the rascal comes back with lunch, and the mane comes back with nothing.
Even being born and raised in the region during his 58 years, however, Jones had to put on his glasses on Monday (21) to believe what he saw. “In my hand it’s ‘galo’, in my hand it’s ‘galo’, it is the cure of Covid!” heard as he passed the walkway that is in front of the school Império Serrano and leads to the train station.
“Galo” in Rio slang means it costs R$ 50, one of the numbers that represents the rooster in the “jogo do bicho”. He thought it was “some syrup, some bush that lifts man’s health or makes you see Jesus Christ, you know how street vendors are.”
But when he stretched his neck over the shoulder of the old man that was gathering in the seller’s crowd he came across a box with writings in (what appears to be) Chinese. Below was “SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine, Inactivated”, a supposed vaccine against the new coronavirus.
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