Amazonas investigation, parallel office and Covaxin case: Covid-19 CPI week

Senators will hear from the rapporteur of the parliamentary committee of Amazonas, businessman Carlos Wizard and partner at Necessidade Medicos, Francisco Maximiano

Edilson Rodrigues/Senate AgencyCovid-19 CPI Summit analyzes documents in the commission’s plenary

After a week marked by the complaint filed by the federal deputy Luis Miranda (DEM-DF) and by his brother, Luis Ricardo, head of import for the Ministry of Health, about alleged irregularities in the purchase of the vaccine Covaxin, a CPI to Covid-19 This week, the rapporteur for the Health CPI of the Legislative Assembly of Amazonas, state deputy Fausto Vieira dos Santos Junior, the businessman Carlos Wizard and the partner of Need Medicines, Francisco Maximiano. The hearings will provide details on the diversion of resources destined to fight the pandemic, the functioning of the parallel advisory office to the president Jair Bolsonaro and the acquisition process of the Indian immunizing agent manufactured by the Bharat Biotech laboratory.

The reporter for the CPI of Amazonas will be heard on Tuesday, 29, at the request of senator Marcos Rogério (DEM-RO), a member of the government’s riot police on the Senate committee. In the application presented, Rogério states that the congressman can explain the investigations into the purchase of fans and the construction of the Nilton Lins field hospital, in Manaus, the state capital. “Irregularities in the emergency acquisition of pulmonary ventilators triggered Operation Bleeding [da Polícia Federal], which began in June 2020 and is currently in the fourth phase of investigations, where irregularities in the construction of the Nilton Lins Campaign Hospital in Manaus are being investigated”, says the DEM senator.

On Wednesday, 30, the senators will question Carlos Wizard, appointed as a member of the cabinet parallel to the Ministry of Health. The businessman arrived in Brazil this Monday and handed over his passport to the Federal Police (PF), as the CPI of Covid -19 had requested. The hearing was initially scheduled for June 17, but, despite a decision by the Supreme Court (STF), he did not appear. Even without holding a formal position in the Ministry of Health, Wizard worked for approximately a month in the portfolio, at the time of the administration of Minister Eduardo Pazuello. In an interview with IstoÉ magazine, the businessman said that he received from the Army General the mission of “lining” the country with chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, drugs that have been proven to be ineffective for the treatment of coronavirus.

On Thursday, the 1st, the commission receives Francisco Maximiano, a partner at Need Medicines. The company intermediated the purchase of the Covaxin vaccine, in an agreement signed on February 25th. Due to the testimony of deputy Luis Miranda and his brother, civil servant at the Ministry of Health, the process is in the sights of the CPI of Covid-19. The Indian immunizing agent is the most expensive and one of the invoices (invoices) provided for the advance payment of 45 million dollars to an offshore company located in Singapore, Madison Biotech, which was not included in the contract signed with the folder.

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