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With monkeypox threat, Brazil risks repeating Covid failures

The Health Ministry claims to have ordered vaccines but The Brazilian Report understands that approval has not been sought

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The Health Ministry’s monkeypox committee met in Brasília on July 29. Photo: SVS/MS

The Health Ministry reported the first death from monkeypox in Brazil on Friday. The patient was a 41-year-old man with underlying medical conditions, including low immunity and lymphoma. He died in a hospital in the southeastern city of Belo Horizonte.

The confirmation came one day after the government announced the creation of an emergency committee to prepare a vaccination plan. 

Health Surveillance Secretary Arnaldo Medeiros said at a Friday press conference that the health ministry had ordered 50,000 doses of a vaccine through a partnership with the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO). He expects the doses to arrive in...

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