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Former health minister: Bolsonaro wanted chloroquine brochure re-written to have it used against covid-19

Wednesday, May 5th 2021 - 09:08 UTC
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Mandetta said Bolsonaro has been in denial since the beginning of the pandemic. Mandetta said Bolsonaro has been in denial since the beginning of the pandemic.

Former Brazilian Health Minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta Tuesday told the Parliamentary Commission investigating the government's handling of the coronavirus pandemic that President Jair Bolsonaro tried to change the chloroquine brochure that comes along with the medicine so that it could be used against covid-19.

Mandetta told the Senate that Bolsonaro had at the beginning of the pandemic set up a parallel committee under the command of his children to make health decisions.

According to Mandetta, Bolsonaro intended to have the chloroquine prospectus changed by decree so that the drug could be used, without scientific verification, on a massive scale against covid-19.

Mandetta was the first witness to appear before the Senate's Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry (CPI) appointed to investigate Bolsonaro's refusal to impose quarantines, face masks and social distancing, all measures other heads of government have taken at some point.

The former minister said that Bolsonaro summoned him to his office along with other presidential advisers. “There was an unstamped piece of paper of a presidential decree suggesting that the chloroquine brochure be changed. It was the president of Anvisa who refused” to follow his instructions, Mandetta said.

Mandetta also accused Bolsonaro of having surrounded himself with advisers led by his son Carlos who worked against the Ministry of Health's scientific guidelines, especially in terms of the recommendation on social distancing.

From very early in the pandemic, Bolsonaro trusted drugs such as chloroquine, hydroxychloroquine, annita and ivermectin as a form of treatment over the social distancing defended by the scientific community and in 2020 he was in that regard aligned with then US President Donald Trump.

Even when experts warned that these drugs were not tested for the Covid-19, Bolsonaro stood by his principles until the requests for impeachment against him piled up last March as the first patients having taken chloroquine, a medicine against malaria, needed liver transplants.

Bolsonaro imported chloroquine from the United States in 2020 and ordered the manufacture of the antimalarial drug to the Army laboratory to deliver it as part of a 'covid kit' to be distributed in the poorest communities of the country, although a proven treatment for covid-19 is yet unheard of.

Mandetta explained that Bolsonaro surrounded himself with advisers and doctors from outside the Ministry of Health who supported the theory of 'herd immunity' and 'vertical isolation', that is, to enable massive infections and barely leave those over 60 years old at their homes.

The former minister said that Bolsonaro adopted “denial” as a health policy and did not want to run an official awareness campaign about the dangers of Covid-19.

Several pro-government senators tried to mute Mandetta's statement. Coming up next before the CPI Wednesday is Mandetta's successor Nelson Teich, who lasted less than 30 days in office.

Also to appear Wednesday was General Eduardo Pazuello, Minister of Health between May 2020 until last March, but he excused himself claiming he had been close to covid infected people after being photographed walking in a Manaus shopping mall without masks, in open defiance to regulations both local and the business'.

Pazuello is expected to testify about the massacre of patients due to lack of oxygen in Manaus, Amazonas, last January.

Mandetta is regarded by many as a presidential candidate for 2022 on behalf of the non-Bolsonarist centre-right, a space he shares with the São Paulo governor, Joao Doria, and who was recently approached by the former governor of Ceará and former minister Ciro Gomes, of the Democratic Labor Party (PDT).

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  • Think

    Who are you trying to fool..., hermanito...?
    You swalowed the OAN fake news (already debunked) and regurgitated it without Think-ing....

    And by the way.... the knees of a Half-Shilean domador, baqueano y buenopal'trago neighbour of mine in southwestern Chubut...., are clearly saying that there will be no snow this winter...


    May 05th, 2021 - 06:56 pm +1
  • Chicureo


    Perhaps it’s your nose THINK — that has been unfortunately bent out of shape...

    I still stand with my belief that adults would probably be better off receiving a vaccination — despite its risks and why I feel very comfortable Chile has been fortunate to adopt for the most point with the Sinovac vaccine.

    You’re however are just sidestepping the original point of why the alternative Hydroxychloroquine therapy was purposely lied about. (For example the Lancet having to retract their mendacious report regarding the use of the drug: )

    Despite the unfortunate death toll — we know now that the pandemic has been not been as cataclysmic as originally forecasted and it’s obvious that health authorities worldwide far-overreacted with a cure far more destructive than the virus itself.

    Again I remind you of Sweden where they preserved civil liberty and suffered a lower mortality rate than the UK.

    There is also a strong evidence trail that the Chinese were the accidental ground zero of the virus.

    Although — my extended family has profited despite the unnecessary restrictions — I’m also certain that we will all experience outrageous levels of inflation — with the lower and middle income earners feeling the worst of this crisis.

    ¡Saludos desde 3,000 meters!

    May 05th, 2021 - 11:04 pm +1
  • Think

    You are getting pathetic..., hermanito...

    - You link us to a video (banned for spreading misinformation) from Youtube..., Facebook..., and even Tube8...!

    - The video hosts some Kanuk Medical Doctors giving their “Common Sense Medical Advice”
    The video is originally hosted on the Kanuk...: “...:

    - So far..., so good..., right...?

    - Now...
    I would like to challenge you to find ONE SINGLE PAGE on the whole ”CANADA HEALTH ALLIANCE's“ website that DOESN'T HAVE the following loud and clear DISCLAIMER on every page bottom...:
    ***”Disclaimer: None of the information found on this site is intended to provide medical advice. For concerns about a medical condition or illness, please consult your healthcare provider.”***

    Soooo..., by all means...; do as they say...:


    May 07th, 2021 - 07:49 pm +1
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