The Brazilian Senatorial Committee investigating President Jair Bolsonaro's management of the COVID-19 crisis Wednesday describes the head of state's “insane” and in “denial” of reality.
”The CPI (Parliamentary Investigations Commission) revealed the insane acts of the president and an insensitive and cruel government that understood the pandemic as a flu (...) Denialism is proven there, said Senator Simone Tebet. The CPI report will be released on October 15 with a detailed description of all the evidence garnered.
It is proven that in the first phase of the pandemic, the government's strategy was to bet on herd immunity from contagion,” added Tebet, from the conservative Brazilian Democratic Movement (MDB).
This Wednesday the head of the National Health Agency, Paulo Rebello, was investigated. Senator Humberto Costa, from former President Luiz Inácio Lula Da Silva's leftist Workers' Party (PT), recalled that Rebello had been appointed by Bolsonaro addressing political issues rather than the official's technical capacity.
Costa considered Rebello's attitude in the scandal involving the prepaid health care provider Prevent Senior regrettable, as doctors were instructed to prescribe hydroxychloroquine to COVID-19 patients despite the World Health Organization's stance on the substance.
Senator Otto Alencar, from the right-wing Social Democratic Party (PSD), believed Rebello's omissions were serious because the National Health Agency must be governed only by technical criteria.
Meanwhile, CPI Rapporteur Senator Renan Calheiros pointed out that the Prevent Senior case will be included in the final report. Days ago Calheiros had defined Preven Senior's policy as genocidal, which would have been carried out in complicity with the government by spreading the false idea that hydroxychloroquine is a drug suitable for people with coronavirus.
Calheiros had announced Tuesday that President Bolsonaro will be indicted in the document in which there may be another 50 people involved and the newspaper O Globo Wednesday added that among the other possible defendants were National Deputy Eduardo Bolsonaro and Rio de Janeiro councilman Carlos Bolsonaro, both sons of the head of state, who are both expected to be added to the CPI's fake news chapter.
Meanwhile, as the Bolsonaro administration seems to be heading for what may turn out to be an abrupt ending through impeachment, Lula has closed a hotel floor and set up a shadow cabinet leading up to the 2022 presidential elections.
In his new headquarters, Lula has been meeting with deputies, senators and other politicians to join forces against Bolsonaro, it was reported.
Lula's “cabinet” works in a Brasilia hotel, 4 kilometres away from the National Congress and the Planalto Palace.
The hotel elevators do not stop at Lula's floor, except for people with the right passkey card.
The former head of state is due to give a press conference on Oct. 8, it was also reported.