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US News Covid-19 in Brazil: hundreds of NGOs and companies unite to speed up vaccination

04:03  11 february  2021
04:03  11 february  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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Brazil has already vaccinated 4 million people against Covid-19, but this only corresponds to 2% of the population. About 400 companies and NGOs then created the movement "United for the vaccine" in order to vaccinate and protect the population as quickly as possible, and to overcome the controversies that have turned the vaccine into a political debate.

With our correspondent in São Paulo, Martin Bernard

The initiative "Unidos pela vacina" ("United for the vaccine") wants to provide help so that the vaccination campaign runs as smoothly as possible, particularly in terms of logistics in a country of 212 million inhabitants and with continental dimensions .

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The collective, which presents itself as as “apolitical” , also wants to allow nursing staff to work in good conditions and identify logistical deficiencies in disadvantaged neighborhoods and isolated regions.

“During the first phase of the pandemic, Brazil escaped social chaos thanks to the union between business leaders and NGOs, such as the Central United of Favelas (Cufa), for example, explains Renato Meirelles, president. from the Locomotiva Institute, which is part of the initiative. Now with the second wave, it is clear that we can only get by with a massive vaccination campaign, and once again companies are joining NGOs, who are the ones who know what is going on in the neighborhoods. disadvantaged.

The vaccination started relatively late in Brazil, and there are still few doses available. "United for vaccine" wants to speed up the vaccination program and reach all Brazilians by September. An ambitious goal: several researchers have estimated that, if the vaccination campaign continues at the current rate, it would take more than four years to immunize the entire Brazilian population.

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