Brazil suspends the contract to buy Covaxin after allegations of irregularities, investigating Bolsonaro for corruption in the deal.
Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin contract to Brazil lit up controversy after the South American Attorney General reportedly started an investigation into the deal to purchase 20 million doses.
Originally, the Brazilian government agreed to purchase 20 million doses of Bharat Biotechs COVID-19 vaccine Covaxin, but on Wednesday announced the suspension of the contract following allegations of irregularities in the deal.
“By recommendation of @CGUonline, we decided to temporarily suspend the Covaxin contract.
According to CGU’s preliminary analysis, there are no irregularities in the contract, but, due to compliance, the @minsaude opted to suspend the contract for further analysis,” Brazil Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga tweeted.
Por recomendação da @CGUonline, decidimos suspender temporariamente o contrato da Covaxin. Pela análise preliminar da CGU, não há irregularidades no contrato, mas, por compliance, o @minsaude optou por suspender o contrato para uma análise mais aprofundada.
— Marcelo Queiroga (@mqueiroga2) June 29, 2021
Presently, Bharat Biotech is silent and has not made a statement.
In the meantime, a money-making racquet on vaccines is sky rising. The vaccine is being sold privately in India at exorbitantly high rates while still not available in government facilities and the public are forced to buy them at private hospitals for as high as Rs. 1200 despite government orders of vaccines to be sold not more than Rs. 150. It appears everyone is hand-in-gloves with the scam because people are getting away with it.
On the other hand, vaccine scams are running through states and over 2,000 in Mumbai were injected with fake COVID-19 jabs, 500 in Kolkata and a probe is underway. The Mumbai Police has arrested 10 people, including two doctors at a private hospital for injecting residents of an upscale housing complex in the city with a saline solution instead of COVID-19 vaccine.
The vaccines should not be permitted to be sold at any cost because such cheating would start as corruption is scaling up with everyone trying to make an extra buck at the cost of the horrific pandemic.
Perhaps Brazil was holding its reservations on getting vaccines from India on learning of the vaccine scams going on in India and is this why they paused on the deal?
Congress Youth leader Srivatsa said, “Brazil suspended contract to buy Covaxin & are investigating Bolsonaro for corruption in the deal. In India, Covaxin was to cost less than water bottle but is sold at ₹1200, highest in the world.”
‘Na Khaunga, Na Khaane Doonga’ expert Modi will never allow Investigation!
?? Brazil suspended contract to buy Covaxin & are investigating Bolsonaro for corruption in the deal
?? In India, Covaxin was to cost less than water bottle but is sold at ₹1200, highest in the world
'Na Khaunga, Na Khaane Doonga' expert Modi will never allow Investigation!
— Srivatsa (@srivatsayb) June 30, 2021