Investigations into the theory that Aids has something to do with vaccine orders raise questions in Brazil

Brazilian President-elect Jair Bolsonaro and his economic adviser are under investigation for allegedly linking Aids vaccination with Aids. Prosecutor General Rodrigo Janot, says Jair Bolsonaro and his economic adviser Flavio Dino, were handed signed…

Investigations into the theory that Aids has something to do with vaccine orders raise questions in Brazil

Brazilian President-elect Jair Bolsonaro and his economic adviser are under investigation for allegedly linking Aids vaccination with Aids. Prosecutor General Rodrigo Janot, says Jair Bolsonaro and his economic adviser Flavio Dino, were handed signed documents by Senator Roberto Ávalos in August 2016, and investigators want them to provide evidence that a higher risk of HIV was caused by controversial vaccines ordered by the Brazilian government. Brazil spent nearly $250 million on vaccines in the mid-1990s. There have been no reported cases of vaccine reactions in Brazil since 1999, when Biolova paid for 12 patients to have their skin exposed to higher doses of leptospirosis vaccine in the countryside, saying the alternative – chest X-rays – was not risk-free.

In 2013, Luis Bandeira, the president of the Brazilian Centre for Disease Control, wrote a letter to the Supreme Court saying that since the anti-retroviral treatment available had been in operation for two decades, there was no clear scientific evidence linking Aids vaccine to the Aids epidemic. In February 2014, the Supreme Court ruled that he did not have the power to dismiss the president. The case was later dropped as the charge was not supported by medical or medical-medicine experts.

The contents of a statement given to the Wall Street Journal in July last year by Flavio Dino – who described himself as “responsible for future public policy” on earth, wind, water, resources, energy, science and technology, international cooperation and space exploration – are under investigation, with prosecutors wanting to question the policy-maker to shed light on alleged ties between Bolsonaro and drug traffickers. During his campaign, Bolsonaro took flak for advocating stoning “useless dead bodies.”

Read the full story at NYTimes.com.

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