Brazil's federal police open probe into Bolsonaro over COVID-19 vaccine deal: Report

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 Outbreak of the coronavirus illness  (COVID-19), successful  Brasilia Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro looks connected during a ceremonial astatine the Planalto Palace successful Brasilia, Brazil, connected Jun 29, 2021. (Photo: REUTERS/Adriano Machado)

13 Jul 2021 04:43AM (Updated: 13 Jul 2021 04:44AM)

BRASILIA: At the petition of the Supreme Court, Brazil's national constabulary has formally opened a probe into President Jair Bolsonaro related to alleged irregularities successful the acquisition of an Indian vaccine and could present question him, a root with cognition of the substance said connected Monday (Jul 12).

The president has been caught up successful allegations of irregularities surrounding the 1.6 cardinal reais (US$316 million) declaration signed successful February for 20 cardinal doses with a Brazilian intermediary for the vaccine’s maker, Bharat Biotech.

A Brazilian Senate committee investigating the administration's handling of the pandemic has cited suspicions of overpricing and corruption related to the contract. Some senators person alleged that Bolsonaro did not instantly look into allegations of wrongdoing erstwhile helium was alerted.

After the reports of irregularities became public, the authorities suspended the contract.

The ungraded has hurt Bolsonaro's lasting successful the polls. Many are upset implicit his handling of the world's 2nd deadliest coronavirus outbreak, the vaccine corruption allegations and rising prices for fuel, powerfulness and food.

Brazilian national prosecutors and the comptroller general's office, oregon CGU, are besides separately investigating the alleged irregularities successful the deal.

Bolsonaro has denied immoderate wrongdoing.

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