Opinion

Congress falls short in holding Bolsonaro accountable for Covid crisis

The Covid Committee in Congress issued a number of policy recommendations to the government. Only two out of 37 have been implemented

congress Lawmakers greet Jair Bolsonaro during a joint congressional sitting. Photo: Alan Santos/PR
Lawmakers greet Jair Bolsonaro during a joint congressional sitting. Photo: Alan Santos/PR

Last year, Congress acted as a leading force in combating the pandemic in Brazil. Lawmakers sponsored and enacted important policies to deal with Covid-19, none more crucial than the coronavirus emergency aid program. However, these same legislators have done very little to hold the Bolsonaro administration accountable for its disastrous pandemic response.

Over 265,000 people have died from Covid-19 in Brazil, yet the Jair Bolsonaro government still lacks a coherent vaccination plan and refuses to coordinate an appropriate crisis response with the country’s state governors.

Amid this chaos, the only effort to properly investigate the Executive...

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