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How São Paulo became a positive vaccine outlier in Brazil

São Paulo is suffering from overcrowded hospitals. Still, Brazil's richest and most populous state is making great strides in vaccine rollouts

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If São Paulo were its own country, it would only trail Chile in vaccines distributed per 100 people in Latin America. Photo: Nelson Antoine/Shutterstock

Before the coronavirus pandemic, Brazil was a worldwide reference in vaccination, with infrastructure to inoculate up to 1 million people a day. However, due to logistics hiccups and a lack of supplies, the push to immunize Brazilians against Covid-19 has been much slower — at an average pace of just 179,000 jabs a day. But within this underwhelming scenario, Brazil’s richest and most populous state São Paulo has been a positive outlier, administering almost nine vaccines for every 100 inhabitants.

Data collected by The Brazilian Report shows that, if São Paulo were its own country, it would only trail...

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