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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The last thing impoverished countries need in the fight against the devastation of the coronavirus pandemic are the demands of powerful multinational corporations in their efforts to prevent public health measures from reducing their profits.

The country was in free fall. Middle-class families were selling their valuables on the streets. By nightfall, the most desperate were looking for food in dumpsters.

That was Argentina in 2002. In those dark times, as Argentinian officials struggled to relieve the pains of a deep economic crisis among the population, a flood of corporate claims was the last thing . . .

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