South Atlantic News Agency

Argentina still resists drive to make Mercosur more flexible


“It is necessary to strengthen ourselves as a bloc and not think about individual exits,” said Neme A top official from the Argentine Government spoke yet again against a bid from Brazil and Uruguay to make Mercosur more flexible and allow members to broker one-on-one deals with other countries or blocs.

Five cases of covid-19 among Venezuela's team leads Conmebol to change rules for Copa America


Venezuelan coach José Peseiro has been authorized now to summon five replacements Five players from Venezuela's national team due to face hosts Brazil in the opening game of the Copa America tournament this coming Sunday tested positive for covid-19, posing new troubles to the South American Football Confederation (Conmebol).

Brazil's STF finally agrees to Copa America by 10 votes to 1


Justice Antunes said it was up to local authorities to make sure there was no “copavirus”. Brazil's Supreme Court Thursday turned down three appeals to stop the Copa American football tournament from going ahead as planned due to the number of covid-19 infections in the country.

Bolsonaro wants face masks off except for those who test positive for covid-19


Bolsonaro claimed he was being attacked by the press for his failure to purchase vaccines during 2020 Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro Thursday announced the end to the mandatory use of face masks as a protective measure against the coronavirus for people who have been either vaccinated or who have already recovered from covid-19.

JBS paid hackers US$ 11 million; cyber extortion crime netted US$ 18 billion in 2020


“This was a very difficult decision to make for our company and for me personally,” said Andre Nogueira, CEO of JBS USA Brazilian corporation JBS, the world's biggest meat processors, paid a US$11 million bitcoin ransom to hackers to prevent any further disruption after a paralyzing cyberattack believed to have originated in Russia.

Brazil's Anvisa gives green light to start ButanVac testing pending some paperwork


Butantan Director Dimas Covas said 7 million doses of ButanVac have already been produced Brazil's National Health Surveillance Agency of Brazil (Anvisa) Wednesday authorized the Butantan Institute to carry out human tests of the locally-produced ButanVac immunizer.