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13/08/2020 17h30

BRF DONATES BRL 5 MILLION TO INSTITUTO BUTANTAN'S COVID-19 VACCINE PROJECT

The value will be destined to the tests and structure of the manufacture of Coronavac, the vaccine being developed by the institution

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BRF, one of the largest food companies in the world, will allocate BRL 5 million to Instituto Butantan for the study and production of the Covid-19 vaccine. The project, which is already in phase 3 of tests, provides for the production of vaccines that will be made available to the population and is carried out in partnership with the Chinese company Sinovac Biotech. The Company's support will be both for the testing part and for the production of the vaccine. 

 “We live in a moment of unity and solidarity; we believe in the power of national scientific research and we support innovative initiatives that help the whole society. This project is a great advance in efforts to combat Coronavirus and extremely important for the safety and well-being of the population”, highlights Lorival Luz, CEO of BRF. 

 With this donation, the Company has already allocated almost BRL 8 million for research projects focused on combating Covid-19. In addition to Butantan, BRF also supports projects for protocols for the treatment, diagnosis and development of medicines to combat those infected with the virus. Fiocruz, the Medical School Foundation of the Hospital das Clínicas and Univates have already benefited from donations. 

 The partnerships are coordinated by the BRF Institute and BrfHub, BRF's open innovation arm, which seeks to connect the company daily with new studies and technologies.  The action is part of the BRL 50 million announced in early April by BRF in donations of food, medical supplies and support for research and social development funds, to contribute to efforts to combat the effects of the pandemic. The initiative has already reached more than 75 hospitals, benefiting 180 health entities and professionals in 15 states and 90 municipalities in which the company operates.  

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.