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Brazil Lowers Number Of HPV, Pneumonia Vaccine Doses Available Through Public Health Service To Reduce Costs

Reuters: Brazil cuts vaccine doses as health system under pressure
“Brazil has cut the number of doses for vaccinations given by the public health service to counter human papillomavirus (HPV) and pneumonia, as Latin America’s largest economy looks to reduce health costs in the midst of a deep recession. In a statement late Tuesday, the Health Ministry said the changes were ‘routine’ and would not alter the efficacy of the vaccinations but also noted the cost of the national program had risen 140 percent over the past five years…” (Eisenhammer, 1/6).

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