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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - In the large plant in northern Manaus, machines operate 24 hours a day at full capacity.

The automated production lines ensure minimum contact among the 400 employees, who did not have their working hours reduced during the pandemic. Quite the opposite: the demand for hospital supplies increased by 10%.

While states and the federal government are racing for syringes and needles to ensure vaccination against Covid-19, the Saldanha Rodrigues (SR) plant in Manaus, one of four that produce such supplies in Brazil, is operating at full capacity to supply the domestic market.

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