Opposition senators urged investigations into alleged violations of the government’s purchase of coronavirus vaccines.
An opposition senator in Brazil has filed a criminal lawsuit against far-right President Jair Bolsonaro in the country’s Supreme Court, urging investigations into alleged violations of the purchase of COVID-19 vaccines.
The complaint was discovered after a Senate committee investigated the government’s pandemic response Explosive allegations from last week Bolsonaro knew that Brazil’s $300 million Indian-made vaccine Covaxin was involved in corruption, but failed to intervene.
In a video released by his office, Senator Randolph Rodriguez stated that he had submitted a request to the Supreme Court to investigate the president “on the basis of serious allegations,” and because Bolsonaro was “informed of illegal conduct.” No action was taken afterwards.” The Huge Corruption Program of the Ministry of Health”.
The president’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Bolsonaro is a COVID-19 skeptic who regarded the virus as a “small flu” at the beginning of the pandemic, and his government is facing increasing pressure to deal with the crisis.Brazilian Senate Committee roll out A survey in April.
But Bolsonaro is still stubborn, rejecting calls for curfews and other restrictions across the country, even though the number of deaths from the coronavirus has surged nationwide.
According to statistics from Johns Hopkins University, Brazil’s death toll is second only to the United States, ranking second in the world, with more than 513,000 deaths.
Federal prosecutors and legislators are investigating the Bharat contract to understand why the government quickly reached an agreement with the company’s intermediary after Pfizer’s low-priced COVID-19 vaccine was ignored.
Brazilian federal prosecutors have begun an investigation into a $320 million contract that involves 20 million doses of Bharat Biotech’s vaccine. Prosecutors listed relatively high prices, fast negotiations, and waiting for regulatory approval as red flags for the contract signed in February.
Whether Rodriguez’s request will be accepted by the Supreme Court remains to be seen.
However, as Bolsonaro’s approval rating is declining and the polls put him far behind the left, this case may harm Bolsonaro politically. Former President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva Enter the general election next year.