Investigate Neoliberal Leaders Who Failed to Protect Us From COVID-19

r1 Bullet logo

Investigate Neoliberal Leaders Who Failed to Protect Us From COVID-19

Noam Chomsky and Vijay Prashad

Warnings that the oxygen supply was running out in the city of Manaus, Brazil, came to local and federal government officials a week before the calamity led to the deaths by asphyxiation of patients afflicted with COVID-19. No modern state – such as Brazil – should have to admit that it did nothing when these warnings came in and simply allowed its own citizens to die for no reason.

A Supreme Court judge and the solicitor general have demanded that the Brazilian government act, but this has not moved Jair Bolsonaro’s administration. Everything about this... story – detailed in Solicitor General José Levi do Amaral’s report – reveals the rot of privatization and incompetence. The local health officials knew in early January that there was going to be an oxygen shortage imminently, but their warning did not carry any weight. A private contractor who had the job of providing the oxygen informed the government six days before the city ran out of this crucial supply in the fight against COVID-19. Even with the contractor’s information, the government did nothing; it would later say – against all scientific advice – that early treatment for coronavirus did not work.

The insensitivity and incompetence of the government of Bolsonaro have led General Prosecutor Augusto Aras to call for a special probe. As Bolsonaro dithered, the government of Venezuela, in an act of solidarity, sent a shipment of oxygen to Manaus.

Continue reading

Follow the Socialist Project on Social Media:

Facebook Twitter Instagram

Share on Facebook


The Bullet is produced by the Socialist Project. Readers are encouraged to distribute widely. Comments, criticisms and suggestions are welcome. Write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Bullet archive is available at r0

Forward to a friend: this link

r39
powered by phpList

Login Form