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Bolsonaro’s House whip implicated in Covaxin scandal

The president dismissed graft allegations related to the Covaxin deal as his House whip’s monkey business, according to whistleblowers

covaxin Congressman Luis Miranda (wearing a white face mask) is escorted by security guards in the Senate. Photo: Pedro França/SF/CC-BY 4.0
Congressman Luis Miranda (wearing a white face mask) is escorted by security guards in the Senate. Photo: Pedro França/SF/CC-BY 4.0

On Friday, after nearly two months in session, the Senate’s hearings committee investigating the government’s pandemic response held its most anticipated session. And unlike previous testimonies that promised fireworks but ended up falling flat, this time the depositions delivered. 

Brothers Luis Miranda, a congressman, and Luis Roberto Miranda, a senior Health Ministry official, detailed “abnormal” pressure put on the latter to greenlight a USD 300 million deal for 20 million doses of India’s Covaxin. This was despite glaring doubts about the Covid-19 vaccine’s efficacy, its higher price, and longer estimated delivery times. Speaking to senators, the brothers put Congressman...

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