Renan Calheiros believes that Covid’s CPI will investigate “scandalous things” regarding the purchase of the Indian vaccine Covaxin. He said the negotiations for this immunizer have many atypical aspects that need to be clarified.
Renan’s suspicion happens because, in his understanding, there was an unexplained pressure to buy Covaxin. According to him, there was no reason to favor the purchase of this immunizing agent. But information acquired recently showed that the federal government gave preference to this negotiation.
“It was a billion-dollar contract, worth R$ 1.6 billion, for a vaccine that was not being approved by Anvisa, it was the most expensive on the market and had a timetable that would allow delays. This drew attention because it is an atypical acquisition in all aspects . So we will have a week to go deeper into everything that happened in that backstage,” said Renan in an interview with Globonews.
Covid’s CPI received from the MPF (Federal Public Ministry) the testimony of a public servant who denounced this pressure for the purchase of Covaxin. He claimed that Lieutenant Colonel Alex Lial Marinho was primarily responsible for this. Renan is suspicious of the relationship between the federal government and Need Medicines, the representative in Brazil of Bharat Biotech, manufacturer of Covaxin.
The rapporteur was also surprised by the actions of President Jair Bolsonaro (no party) and some deputies in the negotiation for Covaxin. “It was the only acquisition that had a phone call from the president to the prime minister of India. Indicating the president’s preference despite all these problems. And it was placed in the Chamber of Deputies, in that bill that authorized the purchase of vaccines by businessmen, the possibility of purchase of Covaxin. These are things that in all respects seem scandalous,” analyzed Renan.
The senator criticized Bolsonaro’s stance in relation to other vaccines and also regretted the president’s stance on the record of 500,000 deaths by covid-19 in Brazil.
“Two days ago, the president disdained the effectiveness of vaccines and defended natural immunization due to the free transit of the virus and the increase in the contagion of the population. This happened and now we have had to lament over 500,000 deaths. And the president didn’t even regret the fact. . He omitted himself in a demonstration that his denial goes to the point of mourning people,” concluded Renan.