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Government’s plan for herd immunity “destroyed” Brazil, says head of pandemic inquiry

Speaking to The Brazilian Report, Senator Omar Aziz says that the hearings committee is weighing up whether to investigate President Jair Bolsonaro and will pursue corruption leads linked to vaccines and hospitals

Senator Omar Aziz, chairman of the Senate's Covid inquiry
Senator Omar Aziz, chairman of the Senate’s Covid inquiry. Photo: Jefferson Rudy/SF/ACS/CC BY 4.0

“For two crimes, one against Brazilians’ lives, and another against Brazilians’ health.” This is the response of Senator Omar Aziz, head of the ongoing Covid inquiry, when asked how the upper house of Congress would seek to prosecute far-right President Jair Bolsonaro’s government after its mismanagement of the coronavirus pandemic. Speaking to The Brazilian Report on Monday, Mr. Aziz referred to evidence showing that the federal administration pursued a failed strategy to reach herd immunity in Brazil, leading to the deaths of over half a million people so far.

“Preaching herd immunity and not taking the necessary health measures without...

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