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Covaxin corruption claims leave Bolsonaro government reeling

The government is on the back foot amid accusations that Jair Bolsonaro was told of irregularities in a deal to purchase Covaxin vaccines

Covaxin corruption claims leave Bolsonaro government reeling
President Jair Bolsonaro during launch of vaccination program. Photo: Marcos Correa/PR

Since being set up two months ago, the Brazilian Senate’s parliamentary inquiry into the federal government’s pandemic response has cast its net far and wide in an attempt to lay the Jair Bolsonaro administration’s coronavirus mismanagement bare. So far, it has not gone completely to plan. Senators have grilled government officials and created plenty of bad press for President Jair Bolsonaro, but have struggled to achieve their desired impact.

Heads of the inquiry hope that may change today, however, suspecting that they may have found their silver bullet.

The hearings committee has turned its attention to a contract signed...

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