Brazil President Under Investigation Over COVID-19 Vaccine, AIDS Claims

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BBC News:– Brazil’s Supreme Court has opened an inquiry into comments made by President Jair Bolsonaro wrongly claiming that Covid-19 vaccines may increase the chance of contracting Aids.

The comments, made during a social media livestream in October saw him temporarily banned from Facebook and YouTube under their fake news policies.

Mr Bolsonaro has frequently cast doubt over the effectiveness of vaccines.

He is already facing a separate inquiry into his handling of the pandemic.

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During the livestream on 24 October, Mr Bolsonaro claimed that reports “suggest that people who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 are developing Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (Aids) much faster than expected”. The assertion has been strongly rejected by scientists and medical experts.

The embattled president, who has refused to get vaccinated himself, has defended the comments and claimed that he was simply quoting from an article in a magazine.

On Friday, Supreme Court Justice Alexandre de Moraes ruled that Mr Bolsonaro had “used the modus operandi of mass dissemination schemes in social networks” which called for further investigation.

Mr de Moraes instructed Brazil’s top prosecutor, Augusto Aras, to try to establish whether the president’s comments are linked to a group of his supporters who are currently being investigated for the large-scale production of fake news.

The group, known in local media as the Office of Hate, has spread misinformation throughout the pandemic and has called for a military coup that would give Mr Bolsonaro, a former army captain, unlimited powers to rule the country.

Investigations into the group have already seen the arrest of a number of the president’s allies, including Roberto Jefferson, the head of the right-wing Brazilian Labour Party.

Mr Bolsonaro has come under heavy pressure in recent months and faced a number of political crises that have dented his popularity.

(Read more at: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-59528857)

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2 COMMENTS

  1. And what is man has been known ? To put off the falsehood and speak the truth ?
    Presedent Jaire Bolsonaro :
    Do not be afraid of them ! There is nothing concealed that will be not disclosed ,or hidden that will be known to light 💡!!
    From heaven the LORD looks down and sees all mankind ; who consider everything they do !!

    How great is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you ?
    O LORD God,i will give you thanks forever !

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