Brazil’s federal prosecutor’s office has launched an investigation into possible irregularities in the purchase of 20 million doses of the Indian vaccine Covaxin, the cost of which the Bolsonaro government paid eleven times the announced price. The purchase was made through a Brazilian company already accused of fraud.
On Monday, June 21, the Brazilian federal prosecutor opened a criminal case on a contract signed last February by the government of Jair Bolsonaro to purchase 20 million doses of the Indian vaccine Covaxin for a total of 1.6 billion reais (almost 270 million euros at current exchange rates) …
“The purchase price of a government-agreed dose of covaxin is the highest ever purchased by the Ministry of Health, and the acquisition process was the fastest despite warnings about efficacy, safety and price concerns. “ Indian Vaccine, Daily Explains Oh Globo, before detailing the suspicions associated with this purchase.
According to a Brazilian diplomatic cable from August last year, the vaccine manufacturer estimated the cost of each dose at $ 1.34 (€ 1.12), well below the $ 15 (€ 12.57) per unit finally paid by Brazil. However, the prices for the American Pfizer and the Chinese CoronaVac, which are lower than those of Covaxin, have long been considered overpriced by the President of Brazil.
Diplomats also issued warnings “On efficiency and safety” covaxin,