Jair Bolsonaro’s government’s Parliamentary Investigation Commission (CPI) on fighting the pandemic has accused authorities of failing to give vaccination the necessary priority after analyzing a letter from pharmaceutical company Pfizer that offers vaccines in the country.
The document was handed over to the ICC by former communications minister Fabio Wajngarten, who previously testified in a controversial meeting in which several members of the commission asked that the public prosecutor’s office review his testimony as “false”.
“The letter from Pfizer showed how incompetent the government was. President Bolsonaro and Ministers Braga Netto, Paulo Guedes and Eduardo Pazuello did not reply to the letter, which shows the incompetence and lack of priority in purchasing vaccines,” said the president of the Commission, Omar Aziz.
Wajngarten has indicated that no one has replied to the letter for about two months. Members of the commission complained that Brazil had “rejected” the preference that Pfizer had in principle given to one of the countries hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic.
Vice-President of the CPI, Senator Randolfe Rodrigues, has indicated that the response to the letter shows how, according to information from the G1 news portal, the government “remained silent” and “failed” to acquire vaccines.
“You haven’t replied to the letter for almost two months. And the purchase didn’t take place until this year, after Congress approved a project on our initiative that would provide legal certainty for vaccine purchases,” said Rodrigues.
Wajngarten emphasized that the letter was received on September 12th, although he did not know about the letter until November 9th and that he spoke to the President of the document afterwards.