Latest from Terrence McCoy

Brazil’s unexpected plan to vaccinate the homeless, prisoners and descendants of enslaved Africans first is coming undone

The struggle underscores a broader failure to secure enough vaccines to fight a disease that has killed more than 421,000 people in the South American nation.
  • May 9, 2021

Brazil shocked by warlike police raid that leaves 25 dead in Rio de Janeiro favela

Even in a city accustomed to extraordinary police violence, the death toll was stunning.
  • May 6, 2021

Bolsonaro has insulted much of the world. Now Brazil needs its help.

In the deadliest days of its outbreak, a country that has prided itself on good relations with almost everyone has found itself largely friendless.
  • Apr 30, 2021

Brazil battles coronavirus with a Chinese vaccine even the Chinese concede could be better

The admission by a top Chinese health official was the latest pitfall complicating Brazil’s arduous journey to mass vaccination.
  • Apr 15, 2021

Calls to impeach Bolsonaro are rising, but his grip on Brazil remains strong

As Brazil navigates the deadliest days in its history, with the coronavirus killing as many as 4,200 people per day, there is growing movement to hold President Jair Bolsonaro accountable for the carnage he’s done little to mitigate.
  • Apr 14, 2021

Rise of coronavirus variants will define the next phase of the pandemic in the U.S.

Vaccines are effective against the three major new strains of the virus, but some places say they need more to fight highly transmissible types.
  • Apr 8, 2021

Brazil has become South America’s superspreader event

The P.1. variant, spawned in the Amazon, is no longer just Brazil’s problem. It’s South America’s problem.
  • Apr 5, 2021

Brazil is rocked by political turmoil as pandemic outlook darkens

The cabinet reshufflings and firings came amid growing discontent with President Jair Bolsonaro.
  • Mar 30, 2021

A story of slavery — and space

Alcantara is an ideal launch site. Expanding it would displace several thousand descendants of enslaved people.
  • Mar 29, 2021

For Brazil’s doctors, choosing who lives and who dies exacts a toll

Shortages of oxygen, ventilators and beds mean physicians decide who gets care and who goes without.
  • Mar 26, 2021