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Whistleblower v. whistleblower in Senate’s Covid inquiry

A witness in the Senate's Covid inquiry tried to disqualify a whistleblower who ignited the biggest crisis the Jair Bolsonaro administration has faced to date

Whistleblower v. whistleblower in Senate's Covid inquiry
Luiz Paulo Dominguetti Pereira: whistleblower, scapegoat, or Trojan horse? Photo: Edilson Rodrigues/SF/CC-BY 4.0

The Brazilian Senate’s Covid hearings committee has often been compared to reality television. But if this were the case, viewers would have tuned out some time ago due to its overly-complicated plot — filled with forced twists and convoluted storylines.

Thursday’s session was a textbook example. Police officer and would-be pharmaceutical representative Luiz Paulo Dominguetti Pereira took the stand before the committee on Thursday with the task of clarifying corruption allegations within the Health Ministry.

Mr. Pereira told the press earlier this week that the ministry’s former logistics director had demanded a USD 1 bribe for each AstraZeneca vaccine...

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