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Brazil’s Health Ministry backtracks, authorizes vaccination of adolescents

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Ministry of Health on Wednesday (22) reversed its recommendation to suspend Covid-19 vaccination of adolescents aged 12 to 17 without comorbidities.

The measure comes after the Brazilian Health Regulatory Agency (ANVISA) ruled out the death of a young girl in São Paulo as having been the result of an adverse effect.

The executive secretary of the Ministry of Health Rodrigo Cruz stressed during a press conference that "the benefits of the vaccine are higher than the adverse effects."

"Comparing everything that was administered, despite these alleged immunization defects, it is a very low . . .

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