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Brazil suspends the purchase of 20 million doses of the Corona vaccine due to the corruption of the President

The Brazilian Minister of Health, Marcelo Quiroga, announced the suspension of the purchase of the Indian vaccine, Covaccin, against the Corona virus, after reports of alleged irregularities in the purchase of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, as his administration purchased the vaccine at a price 11 times higher than its original price.

Quiroga indicated that the suspension will continue while an audit of the process is being conducted, in order to identify the alleged irregularities, and added, "We hope to respond to this transaction in no more than 10 days," according to the Brazilian newspaper, O Globo.

The government of President Jair Bolsonaro had a contract with an Indian company, which is the main representative of the Bharat Biotech Laboratory, to purchase 20 million doses of the Corona vaccine.

There were reports last week of corruption in the purchase of Covaxin vaccines. In both cases, the name of Ricardo Barros, head of government, appears in the Chamber. According to the note.

However, Representative Luis Miranda and his brother Ricardo Miranda, head of the imports department at the Ministry of Health, denounced last Friday in the parliamentary committee.

Documents obtained by the Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry (CPI) show that the value contracted by the Brazilian government, $15 per vaccine, was significantly higher than the price initially anticipated by Bharat Biotech, of $1.37 per dose.

At the Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry, the Miranda brothers announced that they had informed the head of state of the atypical pressures they faced in purchasing Kovaccin, without receiving a strong response from him.

Under the complaints, three senators have formally asked the Federal Supreme Court of Brazil to open an evasive investigation against the president, Jair Bolsonaro, who allegedly ignored alerts about alleged wrongdoing in the purchase.

In addition, the director of logistics for the Brazilian Ministry of Health, Roberto Ferreira Diaz, was dismissed from his post after accusing him of pressuring wallet officials to speed up the import of the Indian vaccine, despite indications of possible irregularities in the contract.

The head of the Comptroller General Wagner Rosario also confirmed that this body would conduct a "legal" review of all the conditions stipulated in that contract that raised doubts.