Covid-19’s CPI changes statements and sets the date for voting on the report – Prime Time Zone


Before concluding the work of the commission, senators will once again hear from Elcio Franco, executive secretary of the Ministry of Health under Eduardo Pazuello

Jefferson Rudy/Senate AgencyTestimonies from the final stretch of the Covid-19 CPI were defined at a virtual meeting of the collegiate’s G7

About G7 yes CPI to Covid-19, a majority group formed by independent and opposition senators, drew up an action plan for the last three weeks of the commission’s work. This Sunday morning, 12, the lawmakers changed the schedule of testimonies scheduled for the next few days and set the date for the presentation and voting of the report, which should take place on September 28th and 29th. It was also agreed that the collegiate will hear for the second time the former executive secretary of the Ministry of Health Elcio Franco Filho, right-hand man of the then Minister of Health, Eduardo Pazuello. The information has been confirmed to Young pan by the senator Renan Calheiros (MDB-AL), collegiate rapporteur.

According to the schedule defined in this virtual meeting, the testimonies of lawyer Marcos Tolentino and lobbyist Marconny Albernaz de Faria are kept and will take place, respectively, on Tuesday 14th and Wednesday 15th. Tolentino is appointed as a hidden partner of FIB Bank, which issued a letter of guarantee for R$ 80.7 million as a guarantee for Need in the agreement signed for the acquisition of 20 million doses of the vaccine. The deposition was initially scheduled for Wednesday, 1st, but was postponed after Tolentino presented a certificate alleging “tingling” in the body as a justification for not appearing. Faria’s name appears in an exchange of messages that creates the “fraud architecture” for a bid to purchase Covid-19 tests in order to benefit Need Medicines, a company created by Francisco Maximiano.

On Thursday, 16, however, the commission will no longer hear from lawyer Karina Kufa, who represents President Jair Bolsonaro. In his place, Danilo Trento, director of Necessidade, will be summoned. Kufa’s testimony, which was not a consensus in the G7, even generated a reaction from the Brazilian Bar Association (OAB). In a statement, the OAB classified the summons as “unequivocal violation of the legal prerogatives” and “unacceptable attempt to criminalize the profession”. The lawyer held a dinner at her house, which was attended by Marconny Faria and José Ricardo Santana, former director of an agency related to Anvisa, who left office to work alongside Roberto Ferreira Dias, Logistics director at the Ministry of Health .

The senators also decided to summon a representative of Prevent Senior to testify on Friday, 17. At the end of August, senator Humberto Costa (PT-PE) revealed that the collegiate received a formal complaint made by a group of doctors and former doctors of the health care company, according to which the company and the federal government made an agreement, at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, to test and disseminate the medications in the “Covid kit”, such as chloroquine, ivermectin and azithromycin. According to the complaint, Prevent carried out a series of experimental treatments on its patients, often without their consent. The text also states that the infected people were used as “human guinea pigs”.