Covid’s CPI began investigative work on Tuesday (4) with a statement from former Health Minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta, dismissed by President Jair Bolsonaro in April last year, after friction over the management of the pandemic.
Mandetta’s testimony was the first in a series scheduled for this week in the commission, which will also receive former Health Minister Nelson Teich and the current head of the portfolio, Marcelo Queiroga. General Eduardo Pazuello would speak on Wednesday (5), but his participation was postponed to 19/5.
To the senators, Mandetta said that Bolsonaro contradicted science-based guidelines from the Ministry of Health and that the government wanted to change the label of chloroquine by decree, so that the drug could be used against Covid-19. The drug is ineffective against the disease.
Senator Renan Calheiros (MDB-AL), CPI rapporteur, said that Mandetta’s statements are serious and relevant – and point to crimes committed by Bolsonaro.
In this Wednesday’s episode (5), Café da Manhã listens to Renato Machado, a reporter for leaf in Brasilia. He tells how it was the first day of testimonies at the CPI, what the senators’ strategy and how Mandetta’s speech can complicate Bolsonaro’s situation.
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The Breakfast is published from Monday to Friday, always at the beginning of the day. The episode is presented by journalists Magê Flores and Marina Dias, with production by Jéssica Maes, Laila Mouallem, Mahara Aguiar and Victor Lacombe. Sound editing is by Thomé Granemann.