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Official Health Ministry minutes expose playbook of pandemic denialism

Records of meetings within Brazil's Health Ministry provide further proof of the Bolsonaro government's ineptitude and negligence in facing the Covid-19 pandemic

Official Health Ministry minutes expose playbook of pandemic denialism
Brazil’s former Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello. Photo:

As Brazil’s embattled former Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello speaks before the Senate’s Covid hearings committee to investigate the government’s pandemic response, The Brazilian Report analyzed dozens of official documents which help paint a clearer picture of how the Jair Bolsonaro administration operated during the world’s biggest health crisis in a century.

Minutes from meetings within the Health Ministry show the government consistently opting for unproven treatments and ignoring crucial actions to tame the coronavirus spread. These findings add to multiple statements given to the Covid inquiry — as well as opinions from epidemiologists — showing how Mr. Bolsonaro’s leadership...

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