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Bolsonaro made false statements in a live video broadcast on multiple social media platforms in October. He was temporarily suspended from Facebook and YouTube following the comments.

Supreme Court Justice Alexandre de Moraes opened the investigation in response to a request from the country’s parliamentary committee that investigated the Bolsonaro government’s response to the devastating Covid-19 pandemic, according to a statement released on Friday on the court’s official Twitter account.

Bolsonaro has been widely criticized at home and abroad for downplaying the severity of the virus, including discouraging people from getting vaccinated, despite Brazil battling one of the world’s worst coronavirus outbreaks.

The parliamentary committee had access to documents that show the government ignored at least 81 Pfizer vaccine offers in 2020.

According to the Joint United Nations Program on HIV and AIDS, Covid-19 vaccines approved by health regulatory bodies are safe for most people, including those living with HIV, the virus that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome known as AIDS.

Bolsonaro is the only G20 president who claims not to have been vaccinated. Despite this, and Brazil’s delay in starting a vaccination program, 60% of the country’s population has been fully vaccinated, according to the Brazilian Ministry of Health.

Brazil recorded 221 deaths linked to Covid-19 on Friday, according to the Ministry of Health. The country has recorded 615,400 deaths from Covid since the start of the pandemic.


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