Emails between Bharat Biotech and the ministry submitted to CPI showed an initial quoted price of $ 1.34 per dose, which later rose to $ 15 per dose in the negotiated contract, according to a CPI statement.
In a testimony to the CPI last week, congressman Luis Miranda, a former ally of Bolsonaro, and his brother Luis Ricardo Miranda, a Ministry of Health employee, said they warned the President of irregularities in the contract, but he did not do anything to resolve the issue.
Vice president of the inquiry Senator Randolfe Rodrigues told the news media last week that he believes there is evidence of a “very serious crime” by the Bolsonaro government in negotiating the purchase.
月曜日に, Rodrigues, along with Senators Fabiano Contarato and Jorge Kajuru, filed for the Supreme Court to open a criminal investigation into Bolsonaro, based on the accusations of the Miranda brothers.
The Brazilian federal government has not responded to CNN’s requests for comment. しかしながら, Bolsonaro said to supporters in a public statement on Monday that “we did nothing wrong,” and there was “no way” for him to know what happened on the ministry level. There is trust between him and the ministers, 彼が追加した.
During the rally on Monday, the President also accused political opponents of inventing “virtual corruption,” asserting the contract was never fulfilled and no money changed hands.
声明の中で, Bharat Biotech said it had followed established industry procedures in its dealings with Brazil.
“Bharat Biotech has not received any advance payments nor supplied any vaccines to MOH Brazil,” 声明は言った. It added the pricing of Covaxin “has been clearly established between $ 15-20 per dose for supplies to Governments outside India. The pricing for Brazil has also been indicated at $ 15 per dose.”
Brazil has been among the hardest hit nations by the Covid-19 pandemic
, with the second-highest death toll after the United States
. これまでのところ, ただ 12.1% of the country’s population has been fully vaccinated against the virus
, 一方 21.5% of Brazilians have received at least one dose
The Ministry of Health said the contract’s suspension will not delay the pace of Brazil’s vaccination campaign, however the government has not yet announced a deal that would make up for the 20 million doses expected from Bharat Biotech.”