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Brazil To Produce Measles, Rubella Vaccine For Developing Countries

“Brazil’s top biomedical research and development center announced plans on Monday to produce a combined measles and rubella vaccine for developing countries, mainly in Africa,” Reuters reports. “The first Brazilian vaccine developed specifically for export will be made by Bio-Manguinhos, a unit of the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz), in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation,” the news service writes, adding, “Brazilian Health Minister Alexandre Padilha announced the vaccine plan at a medical science conference that the Gates Foundation organized in Rio de Janeiro” (Boadle, 10/28). “The vaccine is expected to be the most affordable on the market and will be the first made for export by Brazil,” according to BBC News, which notes, “Currently, only India produces such vaccines.” The news service adds, “The Brazilian government says it will build a brand new production plant in Rio de Janeiro, creating jobs and boosting expertise” (10/28).