Uproar over India’s purchase of Covaxin, Brazil’s President in trouble

There is a storm in Brazil regarding the purchase of covaccine of Indian company Bharat Biotech. Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro government seems to be confused about making a covaccine deal at a high price. When questions were raised on President Jair Bolsonaro in the dispute, he had to come forward and explain, but after this the matter did not calm down. Now a Brazilian senator has filed a lawsuit against Jair Bolsonaro in the Supreme Court and demanded an investigation into allegations of corruption in vaccine purchases.

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Now this case has been registered against right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro after the matter came to light in the Senate Commission’s investigation of the methods of dealing with the Corona epidemic. Brazil’s federal prosecutor is probing Bharat Biotech’s $320 million deal for 20 million doses of Covaccine. An official of Brazil’s Health Ministry said that he was under pressure to deal with the vaccine at a high price and he had also informed the President about this.

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According to Reuters, the MP alleges that despite being familiar with President Jair Bolsonaro’s case, Indians failed to stop the costly deal for the vaccine.

“I have filed a criminal complaint with the Supreme Court because there is a serious allegation that the President did not take any action despite knowing about the corruption in the Ministry of Health,” said Senate Commission Vice President and Opposition Senator Randolph Rodrigues. At present, the Brazilian presidential office has not commented on the new developments.

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If the charges are proved in the Supreme Court, then Jair Bolsonaro can be removed from the post of President. However, this would require the approval of Prosecutor General Augusto Arras, a political ally of Jair Bolsonaro.

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Prosecutors are probing why Brazil agreed to buy an expensive vaccine from Bharat Biotech while Pfizer had offered to provide a vaccine from Covaccine at an affordable price. It is being said that Pfizer had proposed to sell the vaccine to Brazil last year at a price lower than the Indian vaccine, but Jair Bolsonaro’s government ignored it.

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On the allegations of corruption, the President had said that neither Bharat Biotech’s vaccine has come to Brazil nor has any payment been made, so where did the corruption come from.

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Bharat Biotech issued a statement on the deal with Brazil, saying that the cost of covaccine per dose for foreign governments is $ 15-20. No changes have been made to this. Bharat Biotech said that an agreement was signed with Brazil at this price. Brazil had signed an agreement with Bharat Biotech in February this year. However, Bharat Biotech says that no consignment of Covaccine has been sent to Brazil due to non-approval of the purchase order.

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The case of financial irregularities in the purchase of the vaccine has come to the fore at a time when Jair Bolsonaro is facing criticism on many fronts in Brazil. It is believed that allegations of corruption can cause a lot of damage to them. Jair Bolsonaro’s popularity has waned in Brazil in recent days, and in a poll he is left behind by former left-wing president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Elections are due in Brazil next year.

There has also been anger among people against Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil regarding the methods of dealing with Corona. Last month, people took to the streets against President Jair Bolsonaro. Throughout Brazil, people demonstrated against Jair Bolsonaro for his failure to deal with the Corona crisis. Protesters gathered in front of Congress in Brazil’s capital Brasilia and demanded the impeachment of the president. The protesters demanded that the vaccine should be provided in sufficient quantity in the country.

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According to the data of Johns Hopkins University, Brazil is the second country in the world after America where most people have lost their lives due to Corona. More than 513,000 people have died due to corona in Brazil.

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