Director and owner of Need Medicines will be asked about the purchase process for the Indian vaccine Covaxin
A CPI to Covid-19 resumes, this Wednesday morning, the 14th, the testimony of Emanuela Medrades, technical director of Need Medicines, which brokered the purchase of 20 million doses of Covaxin. This Tuesday, 13, Emanuela’s testimony was closed without conclusion after the deponent alleges physical and psychological exhaustion. After the hearing, the senators will hear Francisco Maximiano, Max, owner of the company. “The ideal would be to exhaust the two testimonies today, because otherwise we would have to change the schedule of testimonies, we would have to release the testimonies from tomorrow to Friday. The ideal would be to finish today”, said the senator Randolfe Rodrigues (Rede-AP), at a press conference before the start of the session. Emanuela and Maximiano are supported by a decision of the Federal Supreme Court (STF) which allows the two to assess which questions may or may not incriminate them, keeping silent if they want. However, it will be up to the commission to assess whether the deponent is abusing the right and apply the appropriate legal measures. The acquisition of Covaxin came into the crosshairs of senators after the denunciations presented by the brothers Luis Ricardo Miranda, head of Importation at Ministry of Health, e Luis Miranda (DEM-DF), federal deputy. They met with President Jair Bolsonaro on March 20, at Palácio da Alvorada, to report a series of irregularities, including the forecast of an advance payment of US$ 45 million to a Singapore offshore company, Madison Biotech, which was not included in the contract signed by the president’s government Jair Bolsonaro with Bharat Biotech, which manufactures the immunizer. Follow Prime Time Zone’s live coverage:
10:09 – ‘I insist on saying everything,’ says Emanuela
The technical director of Precise Medicines Emanuela Medrades said that she makes a point of “talking everything”, adding that she is available to provide clarifications. She also stated that there were no irregularities in the Covaxin purchase process.
10:05 – Session is opened
President of the CPI of Covid-19, Omar Aziz (PSD-AM), opened the proceedings this Wednesday, 14