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17/06/2020 17h20

BRF DONATES BRL 3.5 MILLION FOR STUDIES AND RESEARCH ON COVID-19 IN BRAZIL

The initiative will directly benefit research from Fundação Oswaldo Cruz and Hospital das Clínicas de São Paulo

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BRF, one of the largest food companies in the world, will allocate BRL 3.5 million to research funds from the main Brazilian study centers. Among those included are Fundação Oswaldo Cruz (Fiocruz), in Rio de Janeiro, and Hospital das Clínicas, in São Paulo. The donation is designed to advance protocols for treatment, diagnosis and development of medicines to combat Covid-19.

In the case of Fiocruz, the resource will be dedicated to the Solidarity clinical trial, launched by the World Health Organization and coordinated in Brazil by the foundation. The study aims to identify effective treatments for Covid-19. At Hospital das Clínicas, linked to the University of São Paulo Medical School, investment will be made in research to discover new possibilities for the treatment of the disease. BRF is still in contact with two other institutions in the country, which are also conducting studies related to the treatment of the novel coronavirus.

The partnerships are coordinated by BrfHub, BRF's open innovation branch, which seeks to connect the company daily with new studies and technologies. “We believe in the power of national science and support innovative, science-based initiatives that help the whole of society, with the development of research to discover effective treatment protocols and new drugs to combat Covid-19,” says Stephanie Blum, the company's Innovation Manager.

The action is part of the BRL 50 million announced by BRF in April in donations in food, medical supplies and support for research and social development funds, to contribute to efforts to combat the effects of the pandemic. The initiative will include hospitals, social assistance organizations and health professionals in the states and municipalities in which the company operates.

In all, for hospitals alone, including field hospitals, donations should favor more than 15,000 people/day, through about 2.5 million meals over the next three months. As a global company, the Company will extend this initiative to countries where it has production units such as Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.

About BRF

The world's largest global poultry exporter, BRF has iconic brands such as Sadia, Perdigão and Qualy.  Its purpose is to offer quality food that is increasingly tasty and practical, to people all over the world, through the sustainable management of a living, long and complex chain, which provides a better life for everyone, from the countryside to the table Based on fundamental commitments to safety, quality and integrity, the Company bases its strategy on a long-term vision and aims to generate value for the communities in which it operates, its employees and members, shareholders and society.