Brazil makes a turnaround in COVID fight
25 December 2021 | 12:25 pm
The pandemic claimed more than 600,000 lives in Brazil. But an effective vaccination campaign has turned the tide. While the pandemic may not be causing the havoc it did in the first half of 2021, it remains a major challenge.
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