Brazil launches probe into health minister amid allegations he botched Covid response in virus-ravaged city
Added 01-25-21 09:37:01pm EST - “The Brazilian Supreme Court has authorized an investigation into the country's health minister Eduardo Pazuello, who's accused of bungling the response to the Covid-19 crisis and failing to tackle a major outbreak in the Amazon.” - Rt.com
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Brazilian Supreme Court Justice Ricardo Lewandowski approved the probe on Monday, which will focus on Pazuello’s handling of a deadly viral surge in the city of Manaus, provincial capital to the Amazonas state and home to more than 2 million people.
Attorney General Augusto Aras said the minister faced “extremely serious” allegations, adding that Pazuello had a “legal duty” to respond to the crisis in a timely manner, and that failure to do so could open him to “civil, administrative and / or criminal liability.”
It is necessary to deepen the investigation in order to obtain robust information for the initiation of any legal action.
The inquiry, requested by Aras last weekend, is set to begin as Manaus is slammed by another wave of the illness, with a new, more infectious coronavirus variant helping to overwhelm hospitals with patients and drive the city’s healthcare system toward “collapse,”according to local media reports.
“There’s an atmosphere of disgust, abandonment, despair and impunity” in Manaus, a local health clinic employee told the Guardian last week, calling the situation there a “complete massacre, a desperate situation, a horror film.”
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