Watch | Healthworkers make Christmas tree with empty Covid-19 vials; video goes viral

WION Web Team
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Published: Dec 11, 2021, 03:01 PM(IST)

A woman takes photos of a christmas tree made with COVID-19 and Flu vaccine vials at the Public Health Basic Unit "Ernani Agricola", in the Lapa neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Photograph:( Twitter )

Story highlights

The tree, assembled by healthcare workers at the Ernani Agricola Municipal Health Center in Rio de Janeiro, has turned into a symbol of hope

A video of a Christmas tree made with empty Covid-19 vials has gone viral on the internet.

The tree, assembled by healthcare workers at the Ernani Agricola Municipal Health Center in Rio de Janeiro, has turned into a symbol of hope.

×

The purpose behind this creative tree is to highlight and increase awareness of vaccinations in the country.

Also read | As waste crisis looms, Rome asked to ignore wrapping gifts this Christmas

Similarly, a picture of an illegal garbage dump captured by a photojournalist made rounds on social media.

The Christmas tree pulled together from a fetid mountain of trash, was assembled by a 12-year-old called Gabriel Silva.

Rio de Janeiro will hold its famed New Year's Eve party, after all, Mayor Eduardo Paes announced Thursday, five days after canceling the celebration over concerns about Covid-19.

Also read | 'Possible criminal intent': Brazil court charges four for Brazil disco fire that killed 242

The South American country has registered 222,177,059 cases since the pandemic began, while the official death toll has risen to 616,457, according to ministry data, in the world's second-deadliest outbreak outside the United States.

But with 65 percent of the country's 213 million people now fully vaccinated, the number of infections and deaths has plunged.

Under measures decided on Tuesday after President Jair Bolsonaro opposed the use of a vaccine passport, unvaccinated travelers arriving in Brazil will have to quarantine for five days and be tested for COVID-19.

(With inputs from agencies)

Read in App