Brazil’s Supreme Court on Friday ordered an investigation into President Jair Bolsonaro allegations in a live broadcast on social media in October that the COVID-19 vaccine could increase the chances of contracting AIDS.
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Bolsonaro, who has refused to take the vaccine, has been suspended from Facebook and YouTube following his comments.
Judge Alexandre de Moraes’ decision came at the request of a committee of Senate investigators, known in Portuguese as the CPI, which found in October that Bolsonaro had committed nine counts related to his handling the coronavirus epidemic, including crimes against humanity. .
According to the Joint United Nations Program on HIV and AIDS, COVID-19 vaccines approved by health authorities are safe for most people, including those living with HIV, the virus that causes the immune system known as AIDS.
The CPI had already submitted its 1,300-page report to the Brazilian Attorney General’s Office (PGR) in October, though few expect any significant action given that the current state attorney general has been appointed by Bolsonaro.
In fact, Moraes’ decision means that he will be directing the PGR investigation, as the Supreme Court is not conducting its own investigation.
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For the administration of justice to be effective and comprehensive, it is important that documents are presented that reflect the nature of the investigation in question, “said Moraes.