Brazil’s richest man is using his personal fortune to make sure the nation has a place in the race for a coronavirus vaccine.
Jorge Paulo Lemann is financingAstraZeneca Plc’s vaccine trials in the nation after being approached by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, he said on the sidelines of the Bloomberg New Economy Forum on Tuesday. So far, Brazil’s results in fighting the pandemic “don’t look good,” Lemann said.
“It’s more difficult to be disciplined here, you have a lot of slums, a lot of people,” he said. “It’s harder to test them, harder to tell them they can’t go out in the street — a lot of them depend entirely on going out to work.”
While the pace of new infections in Latin America’s largest nation has somewhat slowed, concern has been brewing as hospitalizations rise in Sao Paulo — the epicenter of the disease in the country.
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