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News | Health | Americas | Brasil | Covid: China's Sinovac vaccine trial halted in Brazil

4-5 minutes - Source: BBC image copyrightGetty Images image captionChina's Sinovac vaccine has been administered in late-stage trials in Brazil, Indonesia and Turkey The Brazilian clinical trial for a Chinese Covid-19 vaccine has been suspended after health authorities reported a "severe adverse" incident. Brazilian health regulator Anvisa said the incident took place on 29 October, but did not give further details. The CoronaVac vaccine, developed by the Chinese firm Sinovac Biotech, is one of several in final-stage testing globally. Sinovac says it is "confident in the safety of the vaccine". The firm has already been using it to immunise thousands of people at home in an emergency use programme. Brazil has been one of the countries worst affected by coronavirus, recording more than 5.6m confirmed cases - the third highest tally in the world after the US and India - and nearly 163,000 deaths so far, according

Peru's President Weighs Response to Shaken Corruption Case

Americas |Peru's President Weighs Response to Shaken Corruption Case LIMA, Peru — President Martin Vizcarra rushed back to Peru from a foreign trip Tuesday to grapple with the attorney general's move to dismantle a team investigating the sweeping Odebrecht corruption case. With hours left in the old year, Attorney General Pedro Chavarry removed two prosecutors leading the probe into high-ranking officials suspected of taking bribes from Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht. His announcement set off street protests in the capital and other cities in Peru, and Vizcarra denounced the action from Brazil, where he had gone to attend the New Year's Day inauguration of President Jair Bolsonaro. "We will not disappoint the population, especially in a year of consolidating our democracy in a fight against corruption," Vizcarra said upon returning. The president said he was still deciding how to proceed to try to overturn Chavarry's action. He could