Can a homegrown vaccine end Brazil’s COVID crisis? | COVID-19 Special

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    16 million COVID cases, nearly half a million deaths and no end in sight. Brazil is still struggeling with the coronavirus pandemic. Health experts worry government mismanagement will only make it more difficult to find a way out of this crisis.

    So far only 15 percent of Brazilians have got their first vaccination shot. A new study shows another 15 percent of the population already has antibodies, suggesting infection at some point and possibly some immunity. We’ll crunch the numbers with an epidemiologist in Brazil and take a look at the countries efforts to develop home-grown vaccines.

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    In This Story: Brazil

    Brazil is the largest country in both South America and Latin America.

    Its capital is Brasília, and its most populous city is São Paulo. The federation is composed of the union of the 26 states and the Federal District. It is the largest country to have Portuguese as an official language and the only one in the Americas, as well as the most populous Roman Catholic-majority country.

    Its Amazon basin includes a vast tropical forest, home to diverse wildlife, a variety of ecological systems, and extensive natural resources spanning numerous protected habitats. Brazil is classified as an upper-middle income economy by the World Bank and a newly industrialized country.

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