Former Health Minister Pazuello granted right to remain silent before Senate

The man who oversaw the worst phase of the pandemic will get a reprieve, escaping a grilling at the hands of the Covid hearings committee

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Eduardo Pazuello feared an arrest order during his Senate deposition. Photo: Zanone Fraissat/Folhapress

The Brazilian Supreme Court has granted a preventive habeas corpus, the local equivalent to pleading the fifth, to former Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello ahead of his testimony before the Senate’s Covid hearings committee. The former cabinet minister is due to appear before senators on May 19, in what was set to be – at least until this ruling – the most anticipated deposition of the investigation so far.

Mr. Pazuello was Brazil’s top health official between May 2020 and March 2021, overseeing the deadliest stretches of the pandemic thus far. 

Under his leadership, the Health Ministry abandoned science-based principles and...

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