Brazilian companies launch plan to speed up vaccination

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Rio de Janeiro

Brazilian businesses and non-profit groups announced a plan to help speed up the government’s troubled Covid-19 immunization drive, with the goal of vaccinating the entire country by September.

The “United for the Vaccine” initiative aims to tap the logistical expertise of the private sector to help get vaccines into the arms of Brazil’s 212 million people, who are facing one of the world’s worst outbreaks of the new coronavirus.

Far-right President Jair Bolsonaro’s government has come in for criticism for its handling of the pandemic, including its vaccination drive, which started just three weeks ago and is only on track to reach the entire population more than four years from now, according to experts.

United for the Vaccine calls itself apolitical and says its goals are humanitarian, not financial.—APP