AP Photo/Eraldo Peres A Texas-based company implicated in allegations that members of President Jair Bolsonaro’s administration attempted to extort a $1-per-dose bribe on Chinese coronavirus vaccine purchases told Breitbart News in a statement Thursday it is “not aware” of the claims.
Davati Medical Supply, through a communications intermediary, added that it “does not have an employment relationship” with Luiz Paulo Dominguetti Pereira, who accused a Ministry of Health official of soliciting the bribe.
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Dominguetti told the left-wing newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo that Davati was negotiating on behalf of AstraZeneca and that, in pursuit of a contract, he went to dinner with the Ministry of Health’s Director of Logistics Roberto Ferreira Dias on February 25. On that date, over the meal, Dominguetti said that Dias demanded a bribe of $1 per vaccine purchased. The two were allegedly negotiating the purchase of 400 million vaccines.
Opposition politicians in Brazil have begun to pursue the allegation as a potential way to impeach Bolsonaro, rendering the true nature of Davati, any proof that the extortion occurred, and evidence of who was involved pivotal to the 2022 Brazilian presidential election.
Dominguetti testified before a special Brazilian Congress panel convened to investigate the accusations on Thursday, reiterating his claim that former Health Ministry Director of Logistics Roberto Ferreira Dias had solicited the bribe during a dinner conversation about potentially purchasing AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccines. The Bolsonaro administration rapidly dismissed Dias from his job after the accusations first surfaced, and has insisted it has not acted in any illicit way […]