RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Hope has taken hold of Maré. The largest complex of favelas in Rio de Janeiro had this Thursday, July 29, its first day of mass vaccination against Covid-19, a process never seen before in a favela community of this size in Brazil, where overcrowding coexisted with poverty and violence.
"This vaccine is going to change everything. (...) Without the vaccination, it would be the end for us, with it, we have hope," said Mariana, a 19-year-old who works as a waitress.
The vaccination, which will be extended until August 1, is part of a . . .