Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine neutralizes Brazil variant in lab study

The COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE was able to neutralize a new variant of the coronavirus spreading rapidly in Brazil, according to a laboratory study published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Monday. Blood taken from people who had been given the vaccine neutralized

Brazil presses for Pfizer, AstraZeneca shots to bolster slow vaccine rollout

Brazil’s government on Monday pressed Pfizer Inc for earlier delivery of COVID-19 vaccines and sought to buy more AstraZeneca shots from other countries, as a deadly second wave of cases adds urgency to a lethargic vaccine rollout. President Jair Bolsonaro, who has played down the gravity o

Brazil coronavirus variant spreads more easily, dodges immune defenses

The Brazilian variant of coronavirus can spread rapidly and bypass immune system defenses, according to a new study. A team of scientists from Brazil and the UK said the so-called P1 variant is about 1.4 to 2.2 times more transmissible than older versions of coronavirus that exist in the Bra

Brazil registers over 1,300 COVID-19 deaths for fifth straight day

Brazil registered 1,386 COVID-19 deaths on Saturday and 61,602 additional cases, according to data released by the nation’s Health Ministry. The South American country has suffered an enduring second wave since November, and infection rates have not begun to fall. Saturday was the fifth con

Brazil's capital goes into lockdown to quell COVID-19 surge

The governor of Brazil’s capital city, Brasilia, decreed a 24-hour lockdown for all but essential services on Friday to curb a worsening COVID-19 outbreak that has filled its intensive care wards to the brim. The drastic step came as right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro, who has repeatedly d

Brazil approves Pfizer's COVID-19 shot, but has none to use

Brazil has fully approved the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE, its health regulator said on Tuesday, though a dispute over a supply deal means it has none to start an immunization program with. It is the first coronavirus shot to receive full approval in Brazil, regulator

Brazil health regulator approves additional AstraZeneca vaccine imports

Brazil’s health regulator Anvisa on Friday approved a request by biomedical institute Fiocruz to import more doses of the vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford from the Serum Institute of India, without specifying how many. Also on Friday, Fiocruz said in a statement

Brazil reports 54,742 new coronavirus cases, 1,351 deaths

Brazil recorded 54,742 additional confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours, along with 1,351 deaths from COVID-19, the Health Ministry said on Thursday. Brazil has registered more than 9.7 million cases of the virus since the pandemic began, while the official death toll has

Brazil to test COVID-19 vaccination on city's entire adult population

Brazilian biomedical institute Butantan plans to vaccinate a city’s entire adult population of about 30,000 people against COVID-19 to test whether it lowers the infection rate, institute and government officials said on Monday. Butantan, which is overseen by the Sao Paulo state government,

Brazil's new Senate leader aims for tax reform within eight months

SAO PAULO - Brazil’s new Senate leader said on Thursday he aims to approve tax reform in six to eight months and that he is working urgently to extend aid to millions of the country’s poorest and most vulnerable people. Senate President Rodrigo Pacheco, chosen to lead the upper chambe

Brazil company sees approval for Sputnik V vaccine tests by next week: CEO

BRASILIA - The Brazilian pharmaceutical company that will make Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine against COVID-19 expects regulatory approval for Phase III tests by this week or early next at the latest, its Chief Executive Officer Fernando Marques said on Tuesday. Marques said the strong efficacy

Brazil's Bolsonaro gives nod to private sector buying COVID-19 shots, AstraZeneca balks

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday said he has approved a group of private sector companies to buy 33 million vaccine doses from AstraZeneca Plc, something the British drugmaker firm said cannot happen “at this moment.” Speaking at a virtual event hosted by Swiss inves

Brazil vaccinations start nationwide as country faces vaccine ingredient shortfall

Brazil kicked off a nationwide COVID-19 immunization program on Monday by distributing doses of a vaccine from China’s Sinovac Biotech following an emergency use authorization, although the pace of vaccination will depend on delayed imports. After weeks of setbacks, many Brazilians cheered

Brazil's Amazonas state running out of oxygen as COVID-19 surges

The Brazilian state of Amazonas is running out of oxygen during a renewed surge in COVID-19 deaths, its government said on Thursday, with media reporting that people on respirators were dying of suffocation in hospitals. The state has made a dramatic appeal to the United States to send a military

As coronavirus stalks Brazil's Amazon, many die untreated at home

Shirlene Morais Costa died at her home in the northern Brazilian city of Manaus on Monday, likely the latest victim of a devastating new wave of COVID-19 that has returned to this isolated city deep in the Amazon rainforest. The 53-year-old went to hospital with a cough and a fever, both symptoms

Sinovac coronavirus vaccine 78% effective in Brazil trial, details sparse

A coronavirus vaccine developed by China’s Sinovac Biotech was 78% effective in a late-stage Brazilian trial and entirely prevented severe COVID-19 cases, researchers said on Thursday, although a lack of data details stirred calls for more transparency. The announced efficacy, closely watch

Brazil sees no limit on buying vaccines from India, eyes mid-January delivery

Brazil’s government said on Tuesday that India is not restricting the export of coronavirus vaccines made there, which the South American country aims to buy and import within weeks. In a joint statement, the Brazilian Foreign Ministry and Health Ministry said talks between Brazil’s F

Brazil scrambles for India-made vaccines to jumpstart inoculations

Brazil made a diplomatic push on Monday to guarantee an Indian-made shipment of British drugmaker AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine, hoping to avoid export restrictions that could delay immunizations during the world’s second-deadliest outbreak. In parallel, Brazil’s private clinic