Brazil surpasses 250,000 COVID deaths, a year after first case

The South American country has the world’s second-highest death toll after the United States. One year after the first confirmed case of the coronavirus in Brazil, Latin America’s biggest country has recorded more than 250,000 deaths from COVID-19, with the virus still spreading as a national vaccination drive struggles to gain momentum. President Jair Bolsonaro, […]

Petrobras shares drop as Brazil’s Bolsonaro slams pricing policy

Petrobras shares plunged 21 percent on Monday, wiping out 70 billion reais ($12.6bn) in market value, as Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro again slammed the state-controlled oil company’s pricing policies after he replaced its market-friendly CEO with a retired army general. The selloff, following a series of analyst downgrades, deepened after Bolsonaro said the company’s fuel policy was only […]

COVID rumours hamper Brazil’s efforts to vaccinate Indigenous

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Indigenous nurse Almeida Tananta battled heavy downpours of tropical rains as he rode his motorbike for hours across the red-soiled dirt tracks of Tabatinga, a municipality in Western Amazonas, which borders the Amazon rainforest and Colombia, and has the largest concentration of Indigenous Brazilians in the Amazon. Tananta was en […]

Colombia, Mexico roll out vaccine, Brazil suffers shortages

Head nurse Veronica Luz Machado, who for months has battled the coronavirus pandemic from an intensive care unit in the northern Colombian city of Sincelejo, became the first person in the Andean country to receive a COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday. Beginning with Machado, Colombia will kick off its plan to immunise 35.2 million people with vaccines acquired through a raft of bilateral deals as […]

Brazil says Amazon COVID-19 variant three times more contagious

Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello sounds alarm as he suggests that vaccine works against new variants without providing evidence for claims. A coronavirus variant identified in the Brazilian Amazon may be three times more contagious but early analysis suggests vaccines are still effective against it, the country’s health minister said on Thursday, without providing evidence for […]

Failure to contain COVID jeopardises Latin America recovery: IMF

The economic recovery of Latin America will remain uneven and at risk unless governments take control of the pandemic and COVID-19 cases decrease, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) warned Monday. “If there are no major achievements in vaccinations, if we cannot reverse the trend that we have seen in infections and mortality, then clearly, that […]

Pfizer applies for full COVID-19 vaccine approval in Brazil

President Jair Bolsonaro’s handling of pandemic and slow vaccine distribution has led to protests and investigation. Pfizer Inc has applied for full regulatory approval for its COVID-19 vaccine in Brazil, the country’s health regulator said on Saturday, amid continuing unrest over right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro’s response to the pandemic and slow vaccine roll-out. The Pfizer-BioNTech […]

Google launches platform in Australia with news it has paid for

The News Showcase platform offers news that Google has paid for through its own content agreements with publishers, as part of its campaign to show that legislation to force it to pay news outlets for content is unnecessary. Tech giant Google on Friday launched a platform in Australia offering news it has paid for, striking […]

Brazil’s Bolsonaro faces probe after hospitals ran out of oxygen

Brazil’s prosecutor-general has opened a preliminary investigation into the country’s president and health minister for possible negligence in response to the COVID-19 outbreak in Manaus city, according to a document seen by the Reuters news agency. Located deep in the Amazon rainforest, Manaus has been hit hard by a brutal second wave of cases that […]

Vale Mining Company to Pay $7 Billion in Compensation for Brazil Dam Collapse

Luiz Eduardo Osório, the director of institutional relations and sustainability at Vale, celebrated the deal at a ceremony Thursday. “This is the result of months of open dialogue between Vale representatives and members of the government,” he said, pointing out that the company had “heard the wishes of Minas Gerais people.” Still, many in Brumadinho […]

Vale reaches $7bn settlement over deadly dam collapse in Brazil

Vale SA agreed to pay $7.03bn in a settlement with Brazilian authorities for the Brumadinho dam collapse two years ago that killed 270 people. Vale SA reached a settlement agreement with Brazilian authorities for a dam collapse that killed 270 people and led to production cutbacks that stripped the company of the title of world’s […]

Brazil Congress elects Bolsonaro allies as new leaders

Allies of the president elected as the head the Senate and lower house, a key victory ahead of the next year’s presidential election. Brazil’s Congress has elected two allies of President Jair Bolsonaro to head the Senate and lower house, an important victory for the far-right leader as he seeks to re-galvanise his reelection efforts […]

Brazil’s COVID-19 catastrophe: nothing less than criminal

On January 17, weeks after other countries in Latin America and around the world began their mass inoculation campaigns, Brazil finally administered its first COVID-19 jab in the state of Sao Paulo using the CoronaVac vaccine developed by the Chinese biopharmaceutical company Sinovac. That first jab was one of the 6 million doses imported by […]

More Brazil protests over Bolsonaro’s COVID-19 response

President Jair Bolsonaro is facing increased pressure as coronavirus cases and deaths surge across Brazil. Protesters in Brazil rallied for the second straight weekend in multiple cities to demand the resignation of President Jair Bolsonaro over his government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Two hundred people protested on Sunday in Brasilia, the capital, holding signs […]

Brazil’s COVID cases surpass nine million: Live Updates

Brazil struggles to control coronavirus surge, while new COVID vaccine Novavax shows 89 percent efficacy. Brazil has vaccinated more than a million people but it is still less than 1 percent of the population, as the country is struggling to control a coronavirus case surge. Hospitals are swamped with COVID-19 patients, with the city of […]

US confirms first case of Brazil COVID-19 variant

News comes as President Joe Biden reinstates coronavirus travel bans for most non-US citizens from several countries. The United States has reported its first known case of the COVID-19 variant first detected in Brazil. The Minnesota Department of Health confirmed the case on Monday, the same day President Joe Biden extended coronavirus restrictions barring most […]

Brazil’s top court OKs probe into handling of COVID-19 in Manaus

Surge in infections and hospitalisations is overwhelming health system in capital of Brazil’s Amazonas state. A Brazilian Supreme Court justice has approved an investigation into the health minister’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Amazonian city of Manaus, where the health system has been pushed to its limits by a surge in infections. Brazilian […]

Manaus COVID-19 crisis could strike across Brazil, doctors warn

With hospitals overrun and supplies of oxygen running out, Brazilian epidemiologist Jesem Orellana said COVID-19 patients’ hospital beds in Manaus, the capital of the country’s Amazonas region, turned into “asphyxiation chambers”. “Manaus is lost,” said Orellana, who described the city as an open-air laboratory “where all types of negligence and inhumanity are possible” and in […]

Brazil begins roll-out of 2 million COVID vaccines amid protests

Brazil has begun rolling out two million ready-to-use AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines made in India, the state-funded Fiocruz Institute said on Saturday, as protesters rallied in several cities against President Jair Bolsonaro’s handling of the pandemic. The institute said it had started to distribute the vaccines after another distribution programme, which involved a deal between Brazil’s […]

COVID: Second wave overwhelms medical system in Brazil’s Manaus

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Consuelo Cesar, 84, had been in stable condition in an ICT unit at the SPA do Alvorada Hospital when the hospital warned that its oxygen stock would run out within minutes. On Thursday, January 14, as Manaus reported 2,516 new infections and 254 hospitalisations, the highest figure since the onset […]

COVID: Second wave overwhelms medical system in Brazil’s Manaus

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Consuelo Cesar, 84, had been in stable condition in an ICT unit at the SPA do Alvorada Hospital when the hospital warned that its oxygen stock would run out within minutes. On Thursday, January 14, as Manaus reported 2,516 new infections and 254 hospitalisations, the highest figure since the onset […]

Brazilian city of Manaus halts vaccination campaign for 24h

The halt came as the capital of the Amazonas state received shots just to cover 34 percent of 56,000 health workers. The Brazilian city of Manaus has suspended for 24 hours its vaccination campaign in order for the state of the Amazonas to review its distribution plan. The suspension “which meets the recommendation of local […]

Brazil’s most vulnerable communities face COVID food crisis

Coronavirus is spreading and the death toll is mounting — but what most worries the leaders of Brazil’s isolated and vulnerable communities is how on earth to feed people now that the government has pulled their main emergency aid. Ivone Rocha is cofounder of Semeando Amor (Sowing Love), a non-profit that distributes basic staples to […]