New Delhi: India’s vaccine vaccine has suffered a major setback in Brazil. Brazil’s Health Ministry has decided to suspend the contract with Bharat Biotech. Brazil’s health ministry said in a statement that on the recommendation of the Office of the Comptroller, it was decided to temporarily suspend the contract for Covaccine.
The federal government did not pay for the vaccine – Brazil’s President
As per the preliminary analysis by CGU, there is no irregularity in the contract, but it has been decided to suspend the contract for in-depth analysis of compliance. It has also been said that so far the approval of Brazil’s health regulatory agency ANVISA has not been received for this vaccine. Earlier, Brazilian President Jair Bopsenaro had said in a clarification that the federal government had not paid for the Covaxin vaccine.
Keep in mind that there have been allegations in Brazil that the Bolsonaro government decided to buy the vaccine at a higher price, when there were alternatives with a lower price. People’s Representative Louis Miranda and his brother Louis Ricardo Miranda filed a complaint before a parliamentary panel on the matter. At the same time, a former employee of the Ministry of Health also alleged that he was pressured to do this deal at a high price.
Agreement to buy 2 crore vaccines was signed in February 2021
Brazil had signed an agreement with Bharat Biotech Company to purchase 20 million vaccines in February 2021. For this Brazil had to pay about Rs 2400 crore. In this deal, several Brazilian companies Precisa Medicamentos are also partners. However, politics has been going on for a long time in Brazil regarding the many supplies of Indian covaccine vaccines. Despite months of effort and all the necessary documents, ANVISA has not allowed the vaccine. In such a situation, the role of competing vaccine claimants behind the scenes in making this deal fail cannot be denied.
It is worth noting that President Bolsonaro is already under questions regarding the management of Corona in Brazil. In such a situation, where there are sharp attacks against them.