Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has handled the coronavirus pandemic so badly there that a report to be released next week is calling for him to face murder charges.
Bolsonaro should face murder charges for his role in the country’s “stratospheric” coronavirus death toll, a draft report from a senate inquiry into Brazil’s Covid crisis recommends.
The 1,078-page document, published by Brazilian media on Tuesday, is not due to be voted on by the commission until next week and could yet be modified by senators.
But the draft text highlights the neglect, incompetence and anti-scientific denialism many believe has defined the Bolsonaro administration’s response to a public health emergency that has killed more than 600,000 Brazilians. Bolsonaro has never made a secret of his admiration of former US president Donald Trump, who also handled the pandemic in America badly. Like Trump, Bolsonaro contracted the virus and recovered relatively quickly.
Bolsonaro’s “deliberate and conscious” decision to delay buying Covid vaccines needlessly condemned thousands of citizens to early graves, the report claims.
“The mathematics of the situation was clear: the more infections, the more death. Without vaccines mortality would have been stratospheric, as it turned out to be,” the document says, before concluding: “We will never forget.”