Brazil rolls out COVID-19 vaccination plan

The Brazilian government unveiled its long-awaited national vaccination plan against COVID-19 on Saturday with an initial goal of vaccinating 51 million people, or about one-fourth of the population, in the first half of 2021. In a document sent to the Supreme Court, which had given the governmen

Vaccine refusal in Brazil grows to 22%, most reject Chinese shot: poll

 The share of Brazilians unwilling to take any COVID-19 vaccine grew to 22% this week, from 9% in August, and most said they would not accept one made in China, a new poll showed on Saturday, as President Jair Bolsonaro’s comments stoked wider skepticism. The survey by pollster Datafol

Brazilian authorities pledge to vaccinate all citizens against Corona

Brazil pledged, Thursday, December 10, 2020, to vaccinate all its residents with vaccines against the emerging corona virus. Next year, Health Minister Eduardo Pazuelo said that his country will provide vaccines for all the population against the Corona epidemic. During a radio interview, the Mi

Brazil still weighing priority vaccination of pregnant women

Brazil is still weighing whether to include pregnant women among the priority groups for early vaccination against COVID-19, the Ministry of Health’s Secretary of Health Surveillance Arnaldo Medeiros told journalists on Wednesday. He said vaccine makers had not included pregnant volunteers

Sao Paulo state gets one million doses of Chinese COVID-19 vaccine

São Paulo’s Butantan Institute biomedical center on Thursday received 1 million doses of a Chinese COVID-19 vaccine developed by Sinovac Biotech Ltd that is undergoing late-stage testing by the institute at 16 locations in Brazil. The consignment of CoronaVac vaccine, which will be p

In Brazil, Santa not coming to town as pandemic hits

Christmas wasn’t just a time to be merry for Gino Esposito, it was a job. With a thick waist and long gray beard, Esposito is a professional Santa Claus who dresses up to hear children’s Christmas wishes at shopping malls in Rio de Janeiro. But this year the coronavirus, and the soci

Lebanon 'drug dealer' arrested in Brazil

A Lebanese-Brazilian man was arrested in Sao Paolo on Monday on drug trafficking charges. Assad Khalil Kiwan was arrested by Brazilian Federal Police as part of a global operation targeting drug dealing and money laundering networks that reach from South America as far as the UAE. Kiwan, who is

Outrage in Brazil After Black Man Beaten to Death

More than 1,000 demonstrators attacked a Carrefour Brasil supermarket in the southern Brazilian city of Porto Alegre on Friday after security guards beat to death a Black man at the store. The killing, which has sparked protests across Brazil, occurred late on Thursday when a store employee calle

Brazil to track illegal Amazon wood exports using isotopes, president says

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Tuesday his government in coming days will name countries that are importing wood illegally extracted from the Amazon. Addressing a BRICS summit of big developing economies, Bolsonaro said Brazilian police had developed a way of tracking wood exported fr

Brazil health minister with COVID-19 released from hospital

Brazilian Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello was discharged from the hospital on Sunday after checking in two days earlier suffering from dehydration and with an earlier diagnosis of COVID-19, the ministry said in a statement. Pazuello tested positive for coronavirus on Oct. 21. Roughly half of rig

Fires in Brazil's Amazon rainforest jump in October

 Fires in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest surged in October and the number of blazes is up 25% in the first 10 months of 2020, compared to a year ago, data from government space research agency Inpe showed on Sunday. October recorded 17,326 hot spots in the world’s largest rainforest,

Brazil health minister ill with suspected case of COVID-19

Brazilian Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello has fallen ill with a suspected case of COVID-19, the ministry’s press office said on Tuesday, as the country battles with the third-worst coronavirus outbreak globally, with nearly 5.3 million cases. The ministry said Pazuello had a fever on Tuesd

Brazil's virus death toll passes 150,000 people: official

Brazil on Saturday passed the bleak marker of 150,000 deaths from Covid-19, the health ministry said, as the rate of infection continues to slow in the South American country. The toll comes as Latin America and the Caribbean marked 10 million cases Saturday and more than 360,000 deaths. The regi

Brazil registers 599 new coronavirus deaths

Brazil on Saturday registered 599 new coronavirus deaths and 26,310 new confirmed cases, the health ministry said. Brazil now has a total of 145,987 dead due to the coronavirus and 4,906,833 confirmed cases.

Brazil reports 13,155 new coronavirus cases, 317 deaths

 Brazil recorded 13,155 additional confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the past 24 hours, and 317 deaths from the disease, the Health Ministry said on Monday.Brazil has registered more than 4.7 million cases of the virus since the pandemic began, while the official death toll has risen to 1

Brazil extends tariff-free ethanol imports, opens trade talks with U.S.

 Brazil’s government will extend a tariff-free ethanol import program with the United States for 90 days starting Sept. 14, the foreign ministry said in a statement on Friday. During that time, the United States and Brazil will discuss ways in which they can open up their respective et

Brazil reports 10,273 coronavirus cases, 310 deaths

- Brazil recorded 10,273 additional confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours, as well as 310 deaths from the disease, the Health Ministry said on Monday. In all, Brazil has registered 4.15 million cases of the virus since the pandemic began, while the official death toll has

Brazil's Bolsonaro says he wants to punch reporter in face

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Sunday he wanted to punch a reporter in the face for asking about bank deposits made in the account of his wife, First Lady Michelle Bolsonaro, by a former aide to one of his sons.“I want to punch you in the face, OK?” the right-wing president