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Brazil Senate Inquiry Probes Bolsonaro’s ‘Scandalous’ Covaxin Deal with India

By Shobhan Saxena and Florencia Costa. Originally published at The Wire India. In November 2020, when Bharat Biotech offered to sell its indigenously-made COVID-19 vaccine – Covaxin – to Brazil with the...

The Beginning Of The End: #29M Anti-Bolsonaro Protests

On Saturday May 29, 2021, Brazil saw its biggest public mobilisations since the Coronavirus pandemic began. Hundreds of thousands of protesters, organised in 213 cities nationwide, took to the streets against the...

May 29 Protests: Horror At Bolsonaro Beat Fear Of The Virus

By Tereza Cruvinel This is what they were saying on Saturday as hundreds of thousands of people came to the the streets across the country: Bolsonaro is worse than the virus. It...

Brazil’s Ex-Health Minister: “250 thousand deaths could have been prevented with Coronavac alone”

By Julinho Bittencourt. Revista Forum. Former Health Minister Artur Chioro, commenting on an excerpt from the testimony of the Butantan Institute's director, Dimas Covas, this Thursday (27th), at the Senate Inquiry (CPI)...

Brazilian Vaccine Production Halted After Bolsonaro’s China Attacks

By Nathalia Urban The Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz) interrupted its production of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine due to lack of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (IFA). The institute says that a shipment of IFA should arrive...

Sabotage and Denial: Brazil’s Disastrous Coronavirus Response

The following interview with Brasil Wire co-editor Brian Mier was conducted by Şerbet Sağlam for the Turkish newspaper Gazete Duvar. Şerbet Sağlam: In the last year, the number of daily cases and...

Nicolelis: Brazil’s Pandemic Is A ‘Biological Fukushima’

In an article for Scientific American magazine, Brazilian Scientist Miguel Nicolelis compared Brazil's Coronavirus pandemic to Japan's 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident, and warns that it threatens the entire planet. "Like a nuclear...

Brazil is ground-zero for the genocidal logic of U.S. vaccine diplomacy

Whilst the United States rushes to complete the vaccination of its own people, Brazil witnesses massive loss of life. Reduced to pawns in the latest geopolitical game of the new cold...

Brazil’s Senate Approves Emergency Covid Patent Breaking Bill, Defying Bolsonaro

The Brazilian Senate has approved a bill that allows for the temporary breaking of patents on vaccines, medicines and tests for the duration of the Covid-19 pandemic.  The bill, approved by...

With 400,000 Dead, Brazil Regulator Slammed For “Political” Veto Of Russian Vaccine

Brazilian states attempting to buy Russia's Sputnik V, and its manufacturer, both denounce regulatory agency Anvisa's "political decision" to block the vaccine's importation to Brazil. On March 15th 2021 Brasil Wire revealed...

Inspired by Trump, Bolsonaro is far worse

U.S. anthropologist Maxine L. Margolis looks at the similarities between the far right leaders Donald Trump and Jair Bolsonaro, and how the Brazilian has gone beyond the chaos wrought by his...

CNN, Banking and Business Leaders Applaud Bolsonaro At Lavish Dinner

On 7th March 2021, hours after Brazil broke 4000 deaths per day from Covid-19, far-right president Jair Bolsonaro held a lavish dinner in São Paulo for business, banking and media leaders...

Genocide.

It will be assumed by many outside that to describe Brazil's pandemic as genocide is an exaggeration. Unfortunately it isn't. From suppressing vaccines to refusing Brazilian states and municipalities the right...

Lula to Biden: Convene Emergency Covid-19 Summit Now

In a March 17 interview with US news network CNN, Brazil's former president Lula called on US President Joe Biden to convene a special emergency Covid-19 summit of G20 leaders with...

Fallout: US suppression of Russian vaccine in Brazil becomes diplomatic incident

On Sunday March 14 2021, Brasil Wire published an exclusive story on how the United States pressured its ally, Brazil's Bolsonaro regime, into rejecting Sputnik V, the world's first approved Covid-19...

Exclusive: Washington pressured Brazil not to buy ‘malign’ Russian vaccine

By John McEvoy As Brazil's death toll from the Covid-19 pandemic nears 275,000, documents reveal that Washington pressured the Brazilian government not to buy Russia's "malign" Sputnik V vaccine - a decision...

“What if…”: Brazil’s Pandemic Without Bolsonaro

How would Brazilian handling of the Covid-19 pandemic have been different if Bolsonaro had never come to power? April 2018: Facing international outcry, denunciation at the UN, and the threat of economic...

Quarter of a million dead: Calls for Bolsonaro to go chime louder

By Claudia Webbe MP At the end of last week, Brazil passed two devastating landmarks with regards to the Coronavirus pandemic. On the same day as the official death figures from Covid-19 passed...

Missionaries spread disinfo and fear about vaccine to indigenous communities

By Nathalia Urban Indigenous communities are considered a priority group in vaccination against COVID-19 in Brazil, but due to the influence of missionaries some public health agents are facing hostility and even...

Bolsonaro Government “Refused Rival Covid Vaccines”

By Nathalia Urban The Bolsonaro government refused to buy various available vaccines against COVID-19, according an article published by Revista Piauí.  The federal government received three offers from the instituto Butantan, the...

“Strategic Partners”: Britain’s secret lobbying of Bolsonaro for Big Pharma, Oil and Mining

Brasil Wire Exclusive: Britain secretly lobbied far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro on behalf of its pharmaceutical, oil and mining interests in lead-up to the 2018 election. The companies include AstraZeneca, whose Oxford...

The people of Brazil must know they do not stand alone

By Claudia Webbe MP At the time of writing (August 26), Brazil has the second most cases (3,622,861) and deaths (115,309) from Coronavirus in the world. Many health experts believe these already horrendous...

U.S. Expands Influence in the Brazilian Amazon During Pandemic

The U.S. government and private sector have contributed to fighting coronavirus in the Amazon. Their intentions for the region concern local advocates. By Santiago Navarro F / Translation by David Milan / NACLA With...

Frei Betto: A Genocide Is Taking Place In Brazil

Frei Betto is a Brazilian writer, philosopher, liberation theologian, and Dominican friar. Involved in Brazil's emancipatory struggles for decades, Betto was imprisoned for four years under the Military dicatatorship for helping its...

Consultores Americanos por trás do flerte com a morte em SP

A reabertura do comércio nos Estados Unidos causou um aumento nos novos casos de coronavírus, com os governos locais já revertendo a decisão. Mesmo assim as principais cidades do Brasil estão...

US consultants behind São Paulo’s dance with death

Reopening of commerce in the United States has caused a spike in new coronavirus cases, with local governments already reversing the decision. Unabated, Brazil's major cities are following its example. Investor...

Bolsonaro loses his war

Covid 19 could have been used to consolidate fascism in Brazil, but Bolsonaro's own incompetence prevented this from happening. by Fernando Horta One of the characteristics that differentiates a fascist government from a...

Blood On Their Hands: The Human Cost Of Foreign Support For Bolsonaro

Update, June 21 2021: A year since this article was published, Brazil's toll from Covid-19 has passed 502 thousand deaths. Experts including former health ministry officials estimate hundreds of thousands of...

COVID-19 in Latin America: Growing Challenges in the World’s Most Unequal Region

By Rafael R. Ioris. This article originally appeared at COHA and is republished with permission. Confirming what scientists had been saying for the last several years, a new global pandemic has brought...

As it hits one million Covid-19 cases, Brazil needs our solidarity – Claudia Webbe MP

By Claudia Webbe MP As of June 20 it was reported that Brazil had seen 49,090 deaths from Covid-19, with 1,038,568 cases. This horrific number means Brazil now has the second highest...
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