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Brazil brings forward vaccine campaign as pressure builds

S - Brazil rolled out a nationwide vaccination campaign Monday, bringing it forward two days in response to growing impatience as the country battles a devastating second wave of Covid-19.

Brazil starts vaccination campaign two days early

S - Authorities in Brazil, hard-hit by the coronavirus pandemic, will roll out a nationwide vaccination campaign Monday, two days earlier than announced.

No more beds: Brazil's Amazonas state transfers Covid patients

Manaus - Facing the imminent collapse of its health system, Amazonas state in northern Brazil started transferring coronavirus patients to other regions Friday as hospitals run out of beds and oxygen.

Northern Brazilian state declares curfew over virus

S - Amazonas state in northern Brazil on Thursday announced a 10-day curfew to try to slow the spread of the coronavirus, as cases soar and hospitals run out of beds and oxygen.Authorities warned of a dire situation across the vast state.

Improvised fight to save the sick at home in virus-hit Brazil

Manaus - "I believed she was going to die in my arms," recounts Marcos Fonseca Barbosa, a doctor forced to improvise home treatment for his Covid-sick mother in Brazil, where hospital beds have become scarce.

Ford to close all its factories in Brazil 

S - Carmaker Ford said Monday losses exacerbated by the coronavirus epidemic would see it close its three factories in Brazil, where it has operated for a century, terminating some 5,000 jobs.

Sinovac, AstraZeneca seek vaccine approval in Brazil

S - The manufacturers of two Covid-19 vaccines developed by Chinese pharmaceutical firm Sinovac and Oxford-AstraZeneca filed the first applications Friday for regulatory approval in hard-hit Brazil, officials said.

Grim start to 2021 for Brazil with 200,000 Covid deaths

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's Covid-19 death toll passed 200,000 Thursday amid a surging second wave, dousing optimism that 2021 will bring respite anytime soon for a country whose government's erratic handling of the pandemic has drawn scathing criticism.

Chinese vaccine 78% effective in Brazil tests: officials

S - Chinese-developed Covid-19 vaccine CoronaVac showed at least 78-percent effectiveness in final-stage clinical trials in Brazil, officials announced Thursday, saying they would apply for emergency approval from the Brazilian regulatory agency to begin a...

Brazil's Bolsonaro backs Trump fraud claim after unrest

Bras - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Thursday backed his ally Donald Trump's claim of fraud in the US presidential election, and warned the chaos that rocked Washington could also hit Brazil's elections next year.

Brazil's president says country is 'broke'

S - With state subsidies to fight poverty now ended, Brazil's far-right President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday said his country is "broke" and he is unable to do anything about it, attributing the crisis to "the press-fueled" coronavirus.

Brazil private clinics seek deal for Indian Covid vaccine

Rio De Janeiro - A Brazilian association of private health clinics said Sunday it was negotiating with Indian pharmaceutical firm Bharat Biotech to buy five million doses of its Covid-19 vaccine, which India has just authorized for emergency use.

Brazil wildfires surge again in 2020

Rio De Janeiro - The number of wildfires in Brazil increased 12.7 percent last year to a decade-high, according to official figures likely to add to pressure on President Jair Bolsonaro's government over the destruction of the Amazon rainforest.

Rio's new mayor launches probes targeting predecessor

Rio De Janeiro - The new mayor of Rio de Janeiro took office Friday launching a raft of investigations into corruption allegations against his predecessor, an Evangelical pastor allied with Brazil's far-right President Jair Bolsonaro.

Upside to Rio's low-key New Year party: less trash

Rio De Janeiro - Covid-19 forced Rio de Janeiro to cancel its famed New Year's festivities this year, but there was an upside Friday for trash collectors and the environment at large: 89 percent less garbage on Copacabana beach.

New Year festivities expose Brazilians to pandemic surge

S - In a country used to throngs of people seeing in the New Year in packed beaches and bars, Brazilians face the threat of a surge in coronavirus cases at the end of 2020, analysts warn.

Rio de Janeiro to block beach access on New Year's Eve

Rio De Janeiro - Rio de Janeiro authorities announced Monday they will block beach access the night of December 31 to prevent crowds in one of Brazil's worst-hit cities by the coronavirus pandemic.

Rio mayor arrested in corruption probe

Rio De Janeiro - Rio de Janeiro mayor Marcelo Crivella was arrested on Tuesday as part of a corruption investigation just nine days before the end of his term in office.

Bolsonaro backs vaccine campaign despite personal opposition

Bras - Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro performed an about-turn on Wednesday as he backed a mass coronavirus immunization campaign a day after warning about vaccine side effects.

Brazil's Rio cancels New Year beach party over pandemic

Rio De Janeiro - Rio de Janeiro's annual New Year's Eve beach bash, already reduced in scope and format, has been canceled due to the raging coronavirus pandemic, the mayor's office said Tuesday.

Brazil's vaccination plan is assailed as 'incompetent'

Rio De Janeiro - President Jair Bolsonaro faced scathing criticism Sunday over his government's plan -- or lack thereof, opponents said -- to vaccinate the population against Covid-19 in Brazil, the country with the second-highest death toll worldwide.

Black Jesus born in burnt Amazon at Brazil church manger

Rio De Janeiro - Instead of a manger in Bethlehem, Jesus will arrive this Christmas in a badly burned clearing in the Amazon rainforest, a black baby born to a black virgin with indigenous cherubs looking on.

'Distrust' of Brazil stalling EU-Mercosur trade deal: official

Rio De Janeiro - Distrust in Europe of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's government is holding up ratification of a trade deal between the European Union and Mercosur, the EU ambassador to Brasilia said.

Brazil's Covid-19 death toll surpasses 180,000

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil passed the grim milestone of 180,000 deaths from Covid-19 Friday, as experts warned the country was undergoing a second wave of infections despite President Jair Bolsonaro's insistence the crisis was at the "tail end.

Iconic Brazil bossa nova bar is latest victim of virus

Rio De Janeiro - The year was 1956, and two of the founding fathers of bossa nova, Tom Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes, had just met at a Rio de Janeiro bar called the Casa Villarino.

Bolsonaro says Brazil at 'tail end' of pandemic

S - President Jair Bolsonaro said Thursday Brazil was at the "tail end" of the coronavirus pandemic, despite a surge in infections and deaths that many experts are calling a second wave."We're at the tail end of the pandemic.

Covid, cancer can't stop Mrs Santa Claus in Brazil

Belo Horizonte - Despite the coronavirus pandemic and her recent battle with cancer, Fatima Sanson was determined to keep her Christmas tradition of dressing up as Mrs Claus and giving out toys and hugs to impoverished kids.

Boeing 737 MAX returns to sky with Brazil commercial flight

Matupa - More than 20 months after it was grounded following two deadly crashes, Boeing's 737 MAX returned to the skies Wednesday with an incident-free commercial flight in Brazil, said AFP journalists on board.

Deforestation wiped out 8% of Amazon in 18 years: study

S - Deforestation in the Amazon destroyed an area bigger than Spain from 2000 to 2018, wiping out eight percent of the world's largest rainforest, according to a study released Tuesday.

Deforestation wiped out 8% of Amazon in 18 years: study

S - Deforestation in the Amazon destroyed an area bigger than Spain from 2000 to 2018, wiping out eight percent of the world's biggest rainforest, according to a study released Tuesday.
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Map showing the Amazon watershed.
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