Brazilian Supreme Court orders investigation of Bolsonaro for linking COVID-19 vaccines to AIDS – .

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Brazilian Supreme Court orders investigation of Bolsonaro for linking COVID-19 vaccines to AIDS – .


Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro attends a gas aid decree signing ceremony in Brasilia, Brazil on December 2, 2021. REUTERS / Adriano Machado

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BRASILIA, December 3 (Reuters) – A Brazilian Supreme Court judge on Friday ordered an investigation into President Jair Bolsonaro for saying during a live broadcast on multiple social media platforms in October that the COVID-19 vaccines could increase the chances of contracting AIDS.

Bolsonaro, who refused to be vaccinated, was temporarily suspended from Facebook and YouTube after his comments.

Judge Alexandre de Moraes’ decision came in response to a request from a Senate commission of inquiry, known in Portuguese as the ICC, which in October found that Bolsonaro had committed nine crimes related to his widely criticized management. of the coronavirus pandemic, including crimes against humanity. .

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According to the Joint 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 acquired immunodeficiency syndrome known as AIDS.

The ICC had already delivered its approximately 1,300-page report to the Brazilian Attorney General’s Office (PGR) in October, although few expect meaningful action given that the country’s top prosecutor has been appointed by Bolsonaro .

In practice, Moraes’ decision implies that he will closely oversee the PGR investigation, as the Supreme Court does not conduct its own investigations.

“For judicial review to be exercised effectively and comprehensively, it is essential that documents are presented showing the status of the investigation in question,” said Moraes.

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Reporting by Maria Carolina Marcello; Writing by Gram Slattery Editing by Shri Navaratnam

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