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Brazilian Company Hid Deaths in Chloroquine Experiments

  • President Jair Bolsonaro holding his

    President Jair Bolsonaro holding his "COVID Kit". | Photo: Twitter/ @pensadorlouco

Published 29 September 2021

The medical records of seven patients who died were altered to hide that they had taken the Bolsonaro-backed "COVID kit."

During a hearing at the Parliamentary Investigation Commission (CPI), lawyer Bruna Morato denounced that COVID-19 patients were injected with chloroquine by the company Prevent Senior, which followed the recommendations of advisers to President Jair Bolsonaro.


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In 2020, twelve doctors working at Prevent Senior in Sao Paulo were forced to provide the so-called “COVID Kit” to their patients, who were used as guinea pigs for drugs not scientifically validated against COVID-19.

"The Economy Ministry was interested in that practice so that the quarantine could be lifted," said the doctors’ lawyer, who also provided the names of three "denial doctors" linked to the far-right Brazilian president.

These experiments not only violated the most basic medical principles but also involved the death of seven patients whose medical records were altered to hide that they had taken the Bolsonaro-backed kit.

This case could be the gateway to investigate crimes of non-consensual clinical experiments similar to those carried out by the Nazis, the right-wing Senator Eliziane Gama acknowledged.

The lawyer said that her defendants reported that Prevent Senior had a pact with Bolsonaro's parallel cabinet, which was made up of Nise Yamaguchi, Paolo Zanotto, and Anthony Wong, a denial doctor who died from COVID-19 in January.

"They said that doctors should be ideologically aligned and provide hope to people... and such a hope had a name: hydroxychloroquine," the lawyer revealed and recalled that Bolsonaro's informal advisers were working according to the guidelines of the Economy Ministry and not Health Ministry protocols.

At the hearing before the Parliamentary Commission, videos were presented in which Zanotto and the executives of Prevent Senior spoke publicly in favor of drugs of unproven efficacy. This irresponsible gamble, however, continues.

"I was cured and millions of people who adopted the treatment were too," said Bolsonaro, who defended the use of chloroquine before the United Nations General Assembly last week.

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