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Unprepared and afraid, Pazuello still tries to avoid testimony

Members of the administration see former Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello as a "walking time bomb." His fears of being abandoned by the government could cause him to go rogue

Former Health Minister Pazuello during the Manaus oxygen crisis. Photo: Health Ministry/ACS/CC BY 4.0
Former Health Minister Pazuello during the Manaus oxygen crisis. Photo: Health Ministry/ACS/CC BY 4.0

Thousands of largely maskless Bolsonaro supporters took to the streets on May 1 to show their support for the president and opposition for restrictive measures enacted by local governments. At the same time, in an office on the third floor of the presidential palace, a rattled Eduardo Pazuello stuttered and trembled as government advisors subjected him to a mock interrogation. Mr. Pazuello, who served as Health Minister between May 2020 and March 2021, has been summoned to give a deposition to the Senate’s Covid hearings committee. Hardly adept to public speaking, government advisors were doing their best to prepare...

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