Bolsonaro allies win in Congress and slow impeachment drive
Any impeachment move would have to start in the lower house, where outgoing Speaker Rodrigo Maia has been a critic of the president though also rejecting calls for an impeachment effort. Maia’s candidate to be his successor, Luiz Felipe Baleia Rossi, got 145 votes in the lower house dispute while Lira got 302. Neither Lira nor Pacheco mentioned Bolsonaro in their victory speeches, and both promised to lead an independent legislature. “Bolsonaro has won, but it is not clear whether he will get unconditional support,” Rey said. Analysts linked the amounts to the congressional leadership elections, a move typical of Brazilian presidents that Bolsonaro had promised to end.
Brazil receives vaccine cargo from India amid supply concern
A container of vaccines against COVID-19 produced by Oxford/AstraZeneca arrives from India at the International airport in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. (AP Photo/Marcelo Chello)RIO DE JANEIRO – Brazil's government on Friday received 2 million doses of coronavirus vaccine from India, but experts warned the shipment will do little to shore up an insufficient supply in South America’s biggest nation. Fiocruz said in a statement Thursday the Health Ministry could begin distribution of the imported AstraZeneca shots Saturday afternoon, following a quality control inspection. Butantan had planned to supply Brazil's Health Ministry with 46 million doses by April. Fiocruz had initially scheduled the delivery of 100 million doses to begin in February and 110 million more in the second half of the year.