RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The initiative aims to expedite the production and distribution of treatments to tackle the pandemic and ensure the availability of a vaccine on the market in record time, with a fund of over R$45 billion.

But Brazil, which has historically led the way in access to medications, did not take part, as its political summit and a portion of the government were unaware of the mega-event, an indication of the irrelevance recently earned by Brazilian diplomacy.

The meeting, coordinated by WHO, is being headed by Emmanuel Macron, the French President, with the participation of . . .

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