"Preparation Is Key": Lessons from Panama's Pandemic Response

By Mat Youkee

The country's coordinated response is setting a template for others, but it's not out of the woods yet.

PANAMA CITY - “This Panama Papers stuff? It’s time to erase all that,” said President Laurentino Cortizo, during a live press conference on April 7. “That’s not the Panama the world has seen in dealing with this crisis.”

Hit hard and early by the COVID-19 crisis, Panama adopted the one of the most aggressive and coordinated responses to the virus in Latin America. In addition to developing a rapid medical response and pioneering policies since adapted around the region, the experience has rekindled the country’s self-image as a center for regional logistics and dialogue that has...

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