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Brazil inflation tops nine percent

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Brasilia: Consumer prices in Brazil rose 0.62 percent in July, pushing the year-to-date figure to 6.83 percent and the 12-month rate to 9.56 percent, the Brazilian Institute for Geography and Statistics (IBGE) reported.

The inter-annual inflation rate is the highest since November 2003, when the figure stood at 11.02 percent, Efe quoted IBGE as saying.

The agency said inflation eased a bit in July after a 0.79 percent increase in June.

Inflation has become a major concern for the government of President Dilma Rousseff, which has responded to surging prices and budgetary red ink with an austerity package that includes deep cuts in public spending.

The fiscal measures are complemented by a tight-money policy that has raised the benchmark interest rate to 14.25 percent.

Brazil’s economy is forecast to shrink by between 1.5 percent and two percent this year.

Successive Brazilian administrations have sought to keep inflation within a range of 4.5 percent to 6.5 percent, but the central bank acknowledges that it may reach nine percent by the end of 2015.

(IANS)

 

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Brazil to vaccinate entire population against yellow fever

Thirty-four million people need to be vaccinated there, with 23 million in the northeast and 11 million in the south of the country

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Yellow fever is a mosquito-borne viral disease found in tropical Africa and South and Central America.
Yellow fever is a mosquito-borne viral disease found in tropical Africa and South and Central America. Wikimedia Commons

Brazilian Health Minister Ricardo Barros has proposed to vaccinate the entire country against yellow fever after the disease emerged in new areas.

The recommendation will now be discussed with international organisations, such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).

At the start of February, vaccination efforts began in states of Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Bahia, seeking to immunize 19.7 million people against yellow fever, for which cases have been rising since last year, Xinhua news agency reported.

According to Barros on Thursday, if the government approves the idea, separate programs will take place in each state of the country.

Also Read: Study: Partial Dose of Yellow Fever Vaccine Provides Protection

Barros added that the vaccination campaign should be rolled out gradually, according to the capacity of each state.

Certain northeastern and southern regions of the country have not seen campaigns so far, as there have been no outbreaks of yellow fever there.

At the start of February, vaccination efforts began in states of Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Bahia.
At the start of February, vaccination efforts began in states of Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Bahia. Wikimedia Commons

Thirty-four million people need to be vaccinated there, with 23 million in the northeast and 11 million in the south of the country.

A plant belonging to Libbs Farmaceutica in Sao Paulo is currently about to begin production of 4 million doses of the vaccine a month.

From July 1, 2017, to February 20, 2018, Brazil has confirmed 545 cases of yellow fever, with 164 deaths.

A further 1,773 suspected cases have been noted, with 685 having been eliminated and 422 still under investigation. (IANS)

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