“There are already more than 500,000 people killed by this government as a result of misleading policies, fake news, lies, and now the absurd corruption scandal around vaccines,” French Dr. Patricia de Lima Mendes told AFP. Old, and a protester in Rio de Janeiro.
On this third day of mobilization, since the end of May, to demand the departure of President Jair Bolsonaro, demonstrations were held in response to the calls of the Brazilian opposition, also in Belem (North of the country), Recife (Northeast) and Maceió. (Northeast), where protesters carried signs that read: “Bolsonaro Genocidal,” “Dismissal of Right Now,” or “Yes to Vaccines.”
President Bolsonaro is suspected of turning a blind eye to suspicions of corruption reported by a Health Ministry official.
Testifying before the Senate Committee of Inquiry, the head of the health sector said he was subjected to “unusual pressure” to agree to import doses of India’s Covaxin vaccine, which he considered exaggerated.
“The President of the Republic did not take any action after being warned that there was a giant corruption network in the Ministry of Health,” said ICC Vice President Randolph Rodriguez, one of the three senators who brought the case. To the Supreme Court on charges of “evading” the head of state, “a crime stipulated in the Penal Code.”
Several opposition parties submitted a new “impeachment” (request for impeachment) of President Jair Bolsonaro in the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies on Wednesday.
Experts say the chance of the request is slim, but it does allow the opposition to increase political pressure on President Bolsonaro.
Brazil recorded 1,857 deaths and 65,165 cases of coronavirus on Friday, with a total of 521,952 deaths and 18687,469 infections since the beginning of the epidemic, according to data from the Brazilian government.
According to the latest epidemiological bulletin issued by the Brazilian Ministry of Health, the infection rate of covid-19 in the country has risen today to 248 deaths and 8,893 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. The lethality rate remains steady at 2.8%.
In absolute numbers, Brazil, with a population of 212 million, is the second largest country in terms of the number of deaths, after the United States, and the third with the most cases, preceded by North America and India.
The COVID-19 pandemic has killed at least 3,957,862 people worldwide, resulting in more than 182.5 million infections, according to the latest report from AFP.
The respiratory disease is caused by the new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, which was discovered in late 2019 in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.