“The Ministry of Health has always been a place where corruption is rampant and it is not possible, overnight, to dismantle a structure that is there. This is the responsibility of the managers, who should be aware of this at all times. There is also a general observer who should be aware of some of the movementsHamilton Muraw said.
The Brazilian Vice President spoke to the press, leaving his office in Brasilia, at a time when the Brazilian government, headed by Jair Bolsonaro, is exposed to allegations of corruption in the procurement of vaccines against Covid-19.
Last week, an alleged corruption scheme in the purchase of India’s Covaxin vaccine was exposed, with Congressman Luis Miranda and his brother Luis Ricardo Miranda, a health ministry official, saying they had informed Brazil’s President, Jair Bolsonaro, of alleged irregularities in the contracts.
A businessman’s denunciation of an attempt to bribe in exchange for a contract to buy the AstraZeneca vaccine, on Wednesday, also led to the resignation of the Director of Logistics at the Ministry of Health, Roberto Ferreira Dias.
The Vice President of Brazil told the press that he was not aware of any scheme that could be underway at the Ministry of Health.
“I never knew anything was going on and I think the President, when he found out, called the (Health) Minister, who was Eduardo Pazuelo, to investigate what was going on. It will be the same reaction I would have gottenMourau said, maintaining the rhetoric the government has used on the issue.