BRAZILIAN PUBLIC FINANCES AND COVID-19 UNDER BOLSONARO: AN INQUIRY INTO BUDGETARY POLICIES OF SCIENCE AND VACCINATION

Since the ascension of Bolsonaro to office, one can notice an emerging literature on his negationist responses to COVID-19. The literature does not give enough attention to a crucial aspect of Bolsonaro’s presidency: the federal budget. By inquiring into the decisions about allocation of funds, I purport to demonstrate the following : 1) the government performed severe cuts on the development of science and technology, compromising the viability of the research on advanced studies on vaccines ; 2) the government wasted resources on the production of drugs with no effectiveness ; 3) the federal research institutions that held the technology to produce vaccines, such as the Federal Universities, were boycotted by the government and had their resources eroded in Bolsonaro’s presidency; 4) the government made no effort to import vaccines and acted to boycott the technology adopted to produce vaccines in partnership with foreign research institutions, on ideological grounds.