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MOSTLY MICROBES AND INFECTIOUS DISEASES

Welcome to Mostly Microbes and Infectious Diseases. David Ojcius posts newspaper and journal articles in the broad field of microbiology.

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Brazil Covid Vaccine Scandal Imperils Bolsonaro as Protests Spread

Brazilians were angry over how slowly their government moved to acquire #coronavirus vaccines. Now they’re incensed over a corruption scandal involving #COVID19 vaccine deals, posing a threat to Bolsonaro's re-election as president. The plot twists of a coronavirus vaccine kickback scandal that has rattled #Brazil’s capital have been worthy of a reality TV show. The main stage has been a congressional hearing room, where scores of witnesses have been shedding light on the gov

Brazil Passes 500,000 Covid Deaths, a Tragedy With No Sign of Letup

#Brazil recently surpassed 500,000 #COVID19 deaths, the world’s 2nd-highest total. Many experts believe the true death toll may be higher. Home to ~2.7% of world’s population, Brazil accounts for ~13% of recorded fatalities, & the situation is not easing. Brazilians were recovering from Carnival in the heady days of February 2020 when the first known carriers of the new coronavirus flew home from Europe, planting the seeds of catastrophe. In Brazil, Latin America’s largest na

Mass vaccination creates healthy oasis in Brazilian city

#Brazil #COVID19 #COVIDVaccine #coronavirus #SARSCoV2 Serrana, a city in southeastern Brazilian state of Sao Paulo, has seen a 95% drop in COVID-19 deaths after it concluded vaccination of almost all adults, TV Globo reported on Sunday. With 45,000 inhabitants Serrana is a healthy oasis in Brazil, which has the world's second deadliest outbreak with more than 461,000 deaths so far and a very slow immunization pace due to the lack of vaccines. Serrana was the subject of a stud

Analysis of phylloplane and rhizoplane endophytic bacteria in different cocoa production systems

#Amazon #microbiology #agriculture #Brazil Endophytic bacteria colonize different internal tissues of plants without damaging their cells. They can establish themselves in the same niche as other microorganisms and develop antagonistic activities against phytopathogens. There is little research on the functional and morphological characterization of these bacteria in production systems in the Amazon. Thus, the objective of this work was to functionally and morphologically cha

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