Brazil’s ex-foreign minister tells Covid CPI there was no friction with China

According to Ernesto Araújo, the Foreign Ministry monitored the bureaucratic procedures related to the vaccines' raw materials, but no correlation was identified between the delay in their supply and the Brazilian government's statements

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Senate Parliamentary Investigation Committee (CPI) on the Pandemic heard ex-foreign minister Ernesto Araújo on Tuesday, May 18, the seventh person to testify before the body.

Since 9:30 AM, Araújo answered questions about the conduct of Brazilian diplomacy during the pandemic, focusing on Brazil's relationship with China and negotiations for vaccine purchases.

The ex-minister denied that he had caused any friction with China "before or during the pandemic" and further denied that he had hindered vaccine purchases for Brazil. "I don't understand any statement that I made at any . . .

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