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Changing tack, Covid hearings decide to follow the chloroquine money instead

Evidence that government officials may have benefited financially from pushing ineffective treatments has given the Senate hearings new momentum

Changing tack, Covid hearings decide to follow the chloroquine money instead
Covid hearings session. Photo: Marcos Oliveira/SF

The first phase of the Senate’s Covid hearings committee established that the Jair Bolsonaro administration had deliberately obstructed vaccine purchases, choosing instead to bet on drugs that scientists claim have no effect against the coronavirus. But after a series of disappointing witness statements — including many that simply didn’t happen because deponents were excused from taking the stand —, senators want to explore a new line of investigation: did government officials have financial motivations for pushing ineffective Covid-19 treatments?

This represents a shift from the committee’s initial approach, which consisted in exposing how the government allowed the...

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