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[Comment] Offline: Brazil—the unexpected opportunity that Zika presents

Brazil is (understandably) upset. At WHO’s Executive Board meeting last month, one Geneva official told me that the country’s delegation was refusing to back resolutions it might otherwise have supported because the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs opposed the World Bank’s country rankings. Brazil is classified by the Bank as an upper-middle-income country, along with its near neighbours Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, and Peru. Unfortunately for the Bank (and WHO), Brazil doesn’t see itself as a middle-income nation.

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