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Brazil: Probe shows Bolsonaro faked his COVID vaccine record

Update : 19 Jan 2024, 20:54

The Brazilian Comptroller General's office (CGU) said on Thursday that the COVID-19 vaccination records of former President Jair Bolsonaro were forged.

Health records state that Bolsonaro, a COVID-19 skeptic who opposed the vaccine in public, received a shot of the vaccine at a public healthcare center in Sao Paulo in July 2021.

However, the CGU investigation revealed several inconsistencies in the entry, which allowed the president to dodge travel and other restrictions.

How was the forgery revealed?

A statement from the CGU concluded that the former president had left the city the previous day and was in the capital, Brasilia, until three days after the stated entry.

A nurse who was listed in the records as having administered the vaccine denied doing so and did not work in the department that gave immunizations.

The listed batch of the Janssen vaccine was only used for clinical research and was not in stock at the health center, the CGU said.

What the investigators concluded

"Regarding the vaccination that allegedly took place in Sao Paulo — the only record that still remains on [Bolsonaro's] vaccination card," the regulatory body said. "The conclusion was that it was fraud in the state system for registering vaccinations against COVID-19."

Despite this, the CGU said the case should be closed "for lack of sufficient evidence" to find those responsible.

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