The Lessons from Latin America’s COVID-19 Turnaround

By Mauricio Claver-Carone

The region went from being a symbol of pandemic failure to having a lower average number of deaths than industrialized nations. There are important lessons for the future.

A year ago, the Latin America and Caribbean region was considered a global symbol of pandemic failure. With 8% of the world’s population, it was reporting nearly a third of worldwide COVID-19 deaths. Hospitals were overwhelmed, bodies were piling up, and those who could afford it flew to cities like Miami to get vaccinated. Just 12 months later, almost 70% of the region’s population is fully vaccinated, surpassing many industrialized countries. The average number of deaths per capita is now lower than in Europe and the U.S. and by the first half of May the region was reporting...

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