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Covid hearings will leave gaps in crucial investigations

After five months of investigations, there are still several holes remaining in the Senate's lines of inquiry into the government's pandemic management. The final report will be submitted on October 19

Opposition senators talk during Covid hearings session. Photo: Leopoldo Silva/SF/CC-BY 4.0
Opposition senators talk during Covid hearings session. Photo: Leopoldo Silva/SF/CC-BY 4.0

Approaching the end of its lifespan, the final result of the Brazilian Senate’s Covid inquiry will leave a lot to be desired. Despite five months of investigations and a final report that is set to request the indictment of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro for a series of crimes committed during the pandemic, there are a number of lines of inquiry that will remain unfinished.

Among them is the suspicion that public funds were embezzled from a contract between the Health Ministry and logistics firm VTCLog, in charge of transporting immunizers and medications, including Covid-19 vaccines. Members of the...

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