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All the Defense Minister’s Men

Amid the vaccine scandals involving the Health Ministry and being picked apart by the Senate's Covid inquiry, Defense Minister Walter Braga Netto is a constant link

Defense Minister Walter Braga Netto. Photo: alter Campanato/ABr
Defense Minister Walter Braga Netto. Photo: alter Campanato/ABr

The Covaxin vaccine scandal has rarely been far from Brazil’s front pages since it broke in late June. Involving dodgy vaccine purchase agreements between the Health Ministry and questionable pharmaceutical firm Precisa Medicamentos, Covaxin-gate has been the subject of much investigation by the Senate inquiry probing the federal government’s pandemic response.

The case is convoluted, involving a web of interlocutors, would-be lobbyists, and suspicious firms. And much of what the public knows of the scandal has been gleaned from the testimonies of suspects linked to the case. But, there is one common thread in the Covaxin tapestry:...

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