Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to be questioned for linking COVID vaccine to AIDS – The New Indian Express


Through PTI

BRASILIA: A judge in Brazil’s highest court on Friday ordered President Jair Bolsonaro to be investigated for comments linking COVID-19 vaccines to AIDS, a claim rejected by doctors and scientists.

Supreme Court Judge Alexandre de Moraes has tasked the country’s top prosecutor, Augusto Aras, to examine the accusation raised by an investigation into the pandemic led by the Brazilian Senate.

Bolsonaro said in an October 24 broadcast that “official reports from the UK government suggest that fully vaccinated people develop acquired immune deficiency syndrome much faster than expected.”

Facebook and Instagram removed the video days later, claiming it violated their rules.

The Brazilian president, who still has not been vaccinated and has often pushed against vaccination warrants, argued that he was simply citing an article in Exame magazine and not making any assertions.

Moraes said in his ruling that Bolsonaro “used the modus operandi of mass social media programs,” which requires further investigation.

The future of any probe, however, is uncertain.

Aras rarely goes against the president and has not opened an investigation into Bolsonaro’s handling of the pandemic despite calls from the Senate committee to do so.

Bolsonaro has flouted local health protocols since the start of the pandemic and complained that restrictions to control the coronavirus were doing more harm than good.

More than 6,000 people have died from COVID-19 in Brazil, just behind the United States.

The current average of seven-day deaths in the country is less than 300 per day, which analysts have largely attributed to vaccination efforts.


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