Bolsonaro’s Government Faces Multiple Corruption Probes Over Vaccines

By Anna Buss for the LAProgressive on July 10, 2021

In early July thousands of Brazilians took the streets to once more demand the impeachment of President Jair Bolsonaro. They were driven by damning new evidence from the ongoing Senate committee inquiry (CPI) that has been investigating the allegedly fraudulent purchase of several vaccines. Brazilians are dying in droves, with more than 530,000 lives lost to COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic.

The scandal around vaccine purchases is just one of 23 other charges facing Bolsonaro and his administration that the CPI has been probing since April 27. The former Heath Ministry Director of Logistics, Roberto Dias, testified on July 7 in connection with several charges of corruption over two vaccine negotiations: accepting a bribe to close a contract for the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, and allegations of influence peddling, overpricing, forged documentation, and pressure to speed up the purchase of Covaxin, a vaccine from the Indian company Bharat Biotech.

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