Brazil orders probe into Bolsonaro linking COVID vaccine and AIDS

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President Bolsonaro had claimed that vaccines for COVID-19 could increase the chances of contracting AIDS.

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Brazil’s Supreme Court has ordered an investigation into President Jair Bolsonaro, who claims the COVID-19 vaccine may increase the chances of contracting AIDS.

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In a live broadcast on 24 October, Bolsonaro said that “the official UK government report suggests that people who are fully vaccinated …

Facebook and Instagram removed the video a few days later, saying it violated their rules. Bolsonaro was also temporarily suspended from Facebook and YouTube following his comments.

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According to the United Nations Program on HIV and AIDS, COVID-19 vaccines approved by health regulators are safe for most people, including those living with HIV, the virus that causes the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome known as AIDS. causes.

The investigation, ordered by Judge Alexandre de Moraes on Friday, paves the way for the country’s top prosecutor, Augusto Arras, to look into the charges raised by a pandemic investigation conducted by Brazil’s Senate.

In his decision, Moraes said that Bolsonaro “used the modus operandi of mass dissemination schemes in social networks”, which required further investigation.

In October, a Senate investigative committee, known as the CPI in Portuguese, found that Bolsonaro had committed nine crimes related to his widely criticized handling of the coronavirus pandemic, including crimes against humanity, and requested that the Supreme Court order an inquiry.

Moraes implied that he would closely monitor the investigation, as the Supreme Court does not conduct its own investigation.

“For judicial supervision to be carried out in an effective and comprehensive manner, it is imperative that documents showing the status of the investigation be produced,” Moraes said.

Bolsonaro, who claims he has not had a vaccine, has violated local health protocols since the start of the pandemic and complained that restrictions aimed at controlling the coronavirus do more harm than good.

After downplaying the severity of the virus for months, he first tested positive for COVID-19 in July 2020.

Brazil has reported over 615,000 deaths due to COVID, second only to the US.

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