Telegrams Show that Former Foreign Minister Mobilized Itamaraty to Promote Chloroquine

In a phone call, Bolsonaro told the Indian Prime Minister that drug showed positive results against Covid in Brazil

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Former foreign minister Ernesto Araújo mobilized Brazil's diplomatic apparatus to guarantee the supply of chloroquine in the country, even after the World Health Organization interrupted clinical trials with the drug and after medical associations warned of the ineffectiveness and risk of side effects.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on February 24, 2021 Brazilian Minister of Foreign Affairs Ernesto Araujo speaks during an interview with AFP at the Itamaraty Palace in Brasilia. (Photo by EVARISTO SA / AFP) - AFP

This is what diplomatic telegrams obtained by Folha and information from people involved in the negotiations revealed. The former minister, who resigned at the end of March, will give a deposition at the Covid CPI next Thursday (13), to explain whether Brazil suffered in the purchase of supplies and vaccines because of the foreign policy of this administration.

Itamaraty's race for chloroquine began shortly after President Jair Bolsonaro (no party) spoke of "a possible cure for the disease" on his social networks on March 21 last year.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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