CPI Emails Show that The Bolsonaro Government only Made a Formal Counter Proposal for Pfizer Vaccines in December

In messages, pharmaceutical manager says he made 'legal adjustments' in offer and charges response


Emails sent by Pfizer to Covid Senate's CPI show that the government only formalized a counter-proposal to the laboratory in December 2020, despite the fact that former minister Eduardo Pazuello (Health) told the commission that he tried “all the time” to negotiate the clauses the agreement.

This shows that discussions about legal changes in the contract with the company only intensified at the end of last year.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 4, 2021 vials of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against Covid-19 are seen as elderly people are inoculated amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, at the Belisario Porras school San Francisco neighbourhood in Panama City. - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on May 10, 2021 authorized the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine in children aged 12 to 15 years old. (Photo by Luis ACOSTA / AFP) - AFP

The first step in acquiring the vaccine doses was to sign a memorandum of understanding, a kind of letter of intent, attached to which were the legal clauses considered "Leonine" by Pazuello.

According to the emails, the first counter-proposal to the document that appears formalized in writing to Pfizer occurred on December 4.

According to the former minister, the letter of intent was signed on December 10 of last year, contrary to legal advice from the government. "And we signed the MOU, even without legal advice," Pazuello told CPI.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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