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AS/COA Tracks COVID-19 in Latin America



As the Americas reel from the pandemic’s spread, we’re working hard to provide you with the latest, clearest information about how the novel coronavirus is affecting specific Latin American countries and the region as a whole. From programs to updates on government responses, we invite you to peruse content from AS/COA and Americas Quarterly, as well as hear from experts through panels, videos, and podcasts.  

The Chinese vaccine CORONAVAC in Brazil. (AP)

Timeline: Latin America's Race for a COVID-19 Vaccine

October 14, 2020

AS/COA covers the role of the region hardest hit by the pandemic in the hunt for a vaccine.

The coronavirus in Latin America

The Coronavirus in Latin America

October 21, 2020

AS/COA Online looks at how governments are responding to COVID-19 across the region, as well the economic impact of the pandemic.

Image: President Alberto Fernández's Twitter

El coronavirus en América Latina

October 21, 2020

AS/COA Online mira cómo los gobiernos responden al COVID-19 en la región.

Video: Improving Women's Access to Finance for a Post-COVID Recovery

August 26, 2020

Colombia’s vice president, Citi’s Honduras CEO, and LAVCA’s executive advisor talk about ways to promote women's financial inclusion in the region.

How Latin Americans Are Using Pensions As a COVID-19 Lifeline

July 29, 2020

In Chile, Peru and elsewhere, governments are loosening regulations on pension withdrawals. What are the risks?

Map: Latin American Air Travel Rules for Foreigners amid COVID-19

August 11, 2020

Some countries are closed to international air travel. Some countries never closed down air travel at all.  

A reopened Montevideo public school. (AP)

LatAm in Focus: How Uruguay Got It Right

July 16, 2020

Tales of pandemic mismanagement abound globally. PAHO’s Dr. Giovanni Escalante covers the steps Uruguay took to become a success story. 

President-elect Luis Abinader on election day. (AP)

The Dominican Republic's 2020 Pandemic Elections

July 06, 2020

Opposition candidate Luis Abinader won the presidency in the country’s July 5 elections, Latin America’s first general elections since the arrival of COVID-19.

Graph of projected GDP contractions for Latin America

Latin American GDP Dives as COVID-19 Deepens

June 16, 2020

The pandemic’s economic toll is more clearly emerging. We chart World Bank and OECD figures from April and June.

COVID-19 in Mexico

AS/COA Insider: Steve Liston on USMCA Implementation amid COVID-19

June 25, 2020

The USMCA didn’t contemplate the pandemic,” says the AS/COA senior director. The North American trade pact was implemented on July 1.

Patients in a Brazil field hospital

LatAm in Focus: How Brazil Could Slow Its Coronavirus Outbreak

June 11, 2020

Harvard University’s Marcia Castro explains how the country, now seen as the pandemic’s epicenter, could reverse course.

Dominican Republic Elections 2020

How COVID-19 Is Changing Latin America's Election Calendar

June 03, 2020

From Chile to the Dominican Republic, we look at where and how the pandemic is postponing going to the polls.

Video: The Future of Health Systems in Latin America and the Caribbean

June 03, 2020

As Latin America becomes the new global coronavirus epicenter, public health experts and private healthcare leaders discussed how technology advances and regional coordination might improve healthcare in the region.

Buenos Aires Ciudad

Interview: How Buenos Aires Responded to COVID-19

May 29, 2020

Fernando Straface, the city’s secretary general, explains how Argentina’s capital reacted to an unprecedented health challenge.

(Image: Bolsonaro’s Facebook)

Copying the U.S. Is Leading Brazil to Disaster On Covid-19

May 28, 2020

"In a country that invests a far lower share of its gross domestic product in health care than the United States...the effect has been disastrous," writes AS/COA's Brian Winter in The Washington Post.

Video: Festivals and Biennials in Times of COVID-19

May 28, 2020

Festival directors and curators from Guanajuato, Istanbul, Porto Alegre, and Toronto shared how they’re adapting 2020 programming and their visions for the near future.

Univision News: Carin Zissis on COVID-19 Cases in Mexico

May 27, 2020

"The real anxiety that people are feeling is about the economy," said the AS/COA Online editor-in-chief.

Univision News: Brian Winter on Brazil's Rising Coronavirus Cases

May 26, 2020

"Bolsonaro has been playing this down," said the AS/COA vice president.

Sebastián Piñera and Xi Jinping. (AP)

How China Is Using COVID-19 to Advance Its Interests in Latin America

May 26, 2020

If successful, Beijing could change the basic norms of international governance and upend the global balance of power, explains AS/COA's Eric Farnsworth in World Politics Review.

Making Sense of Global Markets: Understanding COVID-19's Impact on Your Career

May 26, 2020

YPA will host the managing director and chief market strategist at Bannockburn Global Forex on May 26 for a discussion on global markets.

A worker disinfects a market in Mexico City. (AP)

Mexico Kick-starts Its Reopening Plan

May 21, 2020

Called the “new normal,” the country began its three-part reopening plan on May 18, even as confirmed COVID-19 cases topped 50,000.

Video: Universal Basic Income - Panacea or Waste of Resources?

May 21, 2020

Economists from Argentina, Brazil, and Colombia discussed the possibilities for and primary questions about the novel public policy as part of the response to the COVID-19 crisis. 

COVID-19 testing rates in Latin America

Chart: COVID-19 Testing, Recovery, and Mortality Rates in Latin America

June 17, 2020

Each country is fighting the same virus, but the battles waged are playing out differently across the board.

Video: A Conversation on Buenos Aires' COVID-19 Response and Recovery

May 20, 2020

AS/COA's Susan Segal spoke with Buenos Aires' secretary general on the capital's strategies in handling the pandemic.

Member Webex: Costa Rica's COVID-19 Response

May 20, 2020

COA held a private, off-the-record conversation with Román Macaya, president of the Costa Rican Social Security Fund.


The COVID-19 Impact on Cities and Urban Futures: A Conversation on Buenos Aires' Response and Recovery

May 19, 2020

Join AS/COA for a live webcast discussion on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on Buenos Aires and other cities throughout Argentina.

Member Webex: Cuban Agriculture during COVID-19 – Food Security, Sustainability, and Trade

May 18, 2020

The Cuba Working Group will host a virtual discussion on May 18 on challenges for the island's food and agricultural sector amid the pandemic.

Log On, or Drop Out: How COVID-19 Is Pushing Students Further Apart

May 14, 2020

The pandemic may encourage Latin America to modernize its education systems. But reliance on technology could backfire in the short term.

Latin America’s Plans to Tax the Rich

May 07, 2020

Across the region, progressive tax reforms are gaining traction thanks to the pandemic.

AQ Podcast: Frontline Doctors on COVID-19’s Lessons for Latin America

May 07, 2020

Healthcare workers from Brazil, Chile and Ecuador weigh the impact of inequality and preparation.

Video: La Cultura Durante la Crisis - El Rol de los Gobiernos Locales

May 04, 2020

Representantes de gobiernos locales en Argentina, Brasil, Uruguay y asociaciones internacionales hablan del nuevo foco en lo local para el sector cultural después de la pandemia.

Approval Tracker: Mexico's President AMLO

Approval Tracker: Mexico's President AMLO

October 13, 2020

Andrés Manuel López Obrador began his term with popularity levels that would make most leaders green with envy. Then came COVID-19. Here’s how his approval looks over time. 

Video: The Caribbean Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

May 04, 2020

COA hosted the Dominican Republic's Executive Director of the Presidential Committee for COVID-19 Response Amado Alejandro Báez.

Video: Disruption and Transformation of Medical Supply Chains in the COVID-19 Era

April 29, 2020

Watch experts from the public and private sectors discuss what governments and businesses should be doing to facilitate medical supply chain management in healthcare.

Brazil COVID-19

LatAm in Focus: How Is the Coronavirus Changing Brazil?

April 29, 2020

Listen to three past guests share how COVID-19 has redrawn the scenario for Brazil’s China ties, the battle against misinformation, and Amazon deforestation.

China's Coronavirus Play in the Americas

April 26, 2020

The coronavirus opens the door for Beijing to accelerate the timeline for gaining a strategic foothold in Latin America, explains AS/COA's Eric Farnsworth in The National Interest.

Coronavirus and Fake News: 5 Tales from Latin America

April 23, 2020

From tea-induced “force fields” (yes, you read that right) to blaming migrants, misinformation is circulating widely.

Video: Venezuela's Vulnerable Diaspora - A Regional Update amid the Pandemic

April 22, 2020

Experts joined AS/COA's Brian Winter for a panel about how Venezuelan migrants are managing under COVID-19, as Americas Quarterly launches its new issue on migration in the Americas.

Mexico’s Governors Find Their Voice – and the Spotlight – in COVID-19

April 21, 2020

Mismatched coronavirus policies foreshadow broader shifts in Mexican politics.

People wearing masks in São Paulo. (AP)

VOA: Eric Farnsworth - "Regional Coordination of Pandemics Needs to Be Strengthened"

April 20, 2020

"Most countries at this point are just wrapped up in their own domestic crises," said the AS/COA vice president about the COVID-19 pandemic in Latin America.

What the Pandemic Does – and Doesn't – Change about Migration in Latin America

April 20, 2020

The fear of the coronavirus cannot cloud our moral and political duties to migrants.

A Roadmap for Confronting COVID-19 in Latin America

April 15, 2020

A look at the ethics and economic imperatives of the pandemic, by a group of former Latin American presidents, former officials and distinguished scholars.


Venezuela Is Least Equipped for Virus

April 15, 2020

"What is happening in Venezuela risks rapidly spilling over into its neighboring countries," co-writes AS/COA Chairman Emeritus William R. Rhodes for Reuters Breakingviews. 

Graph of changes in GDP projections for Latin America

COVID-19's Effect on Latin American GDP Growth

April 15, 2020

No country is immune to the effects of the pandemic, which is reshaping the global economy. We look at revised IMF and World Bank numbers.

CWG / YPA Webex with Mark Keller: Outlook for Cuba

April 22, 2020

Join YPA for a webex conversation on April 22 with lead Economist Intelligence Unit analyst on the political and economic forecast for Cuba in light of COVID-19.

Art at a Distance: Promoting Visual Arts during the Health Crisis

April 16, 2020

Watch the video: Americas Society virtually hosted experts on April 16 to discuss media covergae of the arts in the era of COVID-19 across the Americas.

Bovespa trading floor

Recovery Requires Greater Cooperation

April 07, 2020

"We must gird ourselves for the long haul...This most global crisis needs global solutions," co-writes AS/COA Chairman Emeritus William R. Rhodes for Reuters Breakingviews.

Why AMLO Is Going It Alone, Again, on Coronavirus

April 06, 2020

Mexico’s president has resisted the fiscal stimulus pursued in much of the region. Some experts say he’s ignoring reality.

President Martín Vizcarra (Image: Presidencia Perú)

Capital político en tiempos del coronavirus

April 05, 2020

"Lo que ya está claro es la importancia del capital político...para gobernar con éxito en tiempos de emergencia nacional", escribe Zoe Dauth de AS/COA en El Comercio.

Video: China and Latin America - How will the COVID-19 crisis impact the relationship?

April 08, 2020

Experts discussed shifts in the China-Latin America relations since the pandemic hit the region.

Video: The Critical Role of the Media During the COVID-19 Pandemic

April 03, 2020

Journalists from AFP, Bloomberg, The Guardian, and NPR joined AS/COA in a conversation about fighting misinformation and covering the impact of the pandemic in the region.

Video: AS/COA CEO Speaks to the IMF's Latin America Head about COVID-19 and the Region

April 03, 2020

Susan Segal speaks with Alejandro Werner about the difficult economic outlook for Latin America in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

Video: Las artes escénicas en América Latina frente a la crisis del coronavirus

April 01, 2020

El departamento de música de Americas Society realizó un panel con profesionales de Bogotá, Guadalajara, Lima, Nueva York y Santiago de Chile.

Latin America's Social Distance Disconnect

April 01, 2020

While wealthy residents shelter in place, many of those living on the edge of the region's biggest cities face impossible choices.


Americas Society Presents Virtual Panels with Regional Cultural Institutions, Talks with Artists, and Exclusive Online Music and Visual Arts Content

March 31, 2020

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Americas Society turned to the virtual world to keep creating awareness of Latin American contemporary artists and music.

The Millennials Guiding Latin American Economies In Crisis

March 30, 2020

They came of age during the last recession. Now they’re at the wheel as the next one approaches.

Video: The Health and Migration Impact of COVID-19 on Venezuela and the Regional Response

March 27, 2020

Experts from Venezuela and the United States discussed the conditions to combat the pandemic amid a political and economic crisis.

Dr. Julio Frenk

Entrevista: El Dr. Julio Frenk sobre la pandemia del coronavirus en una época de populismo

March 20, 2020

“No puedes participar de este discurso anti-ciencia sin eventualmente pagar un precio”, dice el Presidente de la Universidad de Miami y ex ministro de salud de México.  

COVID-19 test vial

LatAm in Focus: Dr. Julio Frenk on the Coronavirus Pandemic in an Age of Populism

March 16, 2020

“We need to understand that health security is national and global security,” says the University of Miami president and ex-health minister of Mexico.

Video: The Impact of the Coronavirus on Latin America and the Caribbean

March 12, 2020

Experts from ECLAC, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, World Bank, and the World Health Organization discussed the pandemic and how countries can best mitigate its effects.

Coronavirus and Latin America: 4 Possible Outcomes

March 09, 2020

The impact on politics and economies could be felt for years to come, writes AQ’s editor-in-chief.

Member Webex: El Salvador - Issues and Outlook

May 27, 2020

COA held a private, off-the-record meeting with Ronald Johnson, the U.S. ambassador to El Salvador.

Member Webex: A Conversation with Juan Pablo Zárate on Colombia's COVID-19 Response

May 22, 2020

On May 22, AS/COA hosted a vitual meeting with Colombia’s vice minister of finance and public credit about the country’s plan for economic recovery.

Member Webex: A Conversation with José Alejandro Rojas

May 22, 2020

On May 22, AS/COA hosted a virtual meeting with Minister Rojas on Panama´s reponse to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Member Webex: Carlos Salazar Lomelín

May 21, 2020

On May 21, AS/COA held a virtual discussion with Carlos Salazar, CCE, on the private sector's response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Mexico.

Member Webex: A Conversation with Felipe Larraín

May 20, 2020

On May 20, AS/COA hosted a virtual discussion with the former Chilean finance minister on the effect of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the global economy and recovery.

Member Webex: Voices from Ecuador - Jaime Nebot

May 19, 2020

On May 19, AS/COA hosted a private meeting with the former mayor of Guayaquil about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Ecuador.

Member Webex: A Conversation with Jose Manuel Restrepo

May 12, 2020

On May 12, AS/COA hosted a virtual meeting with representatives from the Colombian government on their plan to reopen the economy.

Member Webex: A Conversation with Alicia Bárcena

May 11, 2020

The executive secretary of ECLAC spoke via Webex discussion about her organization’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Latin America.

Member Webex: Sergio Massa

May 08, 2020

AS/COA held a Webex discussion with Sergio Massa, president of the Chamber of Deputies of Argentina, and Susan Segal on May 8.

Member Webex: Ecuador - A Conversation with U.S. Ambassador Michael Fitzpatrick

May 07, 2020

COA will hold a private, off-the-record meeting with Michael Fitzpatrick, the U.S. ambassador to Ecuador.

Member Webex: A Conversation with Mexican Ambassador Martha Bárcena

May 06, 2020

AS/COA had a virtual discussion with the Mexican ambassador to the U.S. about the Mexican government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Member Webex: Tarcísio de Freitas, Brazil's Minister of Infrastructure

May 04, 2020

In this off-the-record discussion, the minister shared an update on concession projects and his country's plan for economic recovery after the pandemic.

Member Webex: Peru - A Conversation with Ambassador Hugo de Zela

April 30, 2020

Council of the Americas will hold a private discussion with Hugo de Zela, Peruvian ambassador to the United States.

Member Webex: Luis Guillermo Plata, Colombia's Manager for Comprehensive Attention to the COVID-19 Pandemic

April 28, 2020

AS/COA hosted a Webex Discussion with Luis Guillermo Plata on the Colombian government's response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Member Webex: COVID-19 and Latin American Energy Markets

April 28, 2020

AS/COA hosted an off-the-record discussion with energy experts from Brazil, Mexico, the United States, and Venezuela.

Member Webex: Mexican Senator Claudia Ruiz Massieu

April 23, 2020

AS/COA hosted a virtual discussion with the former Mexican secretary of foreign affairs and current senator.

Member Webex: Guyana - Briefing with U.S. Ambassador Sarah-Ann Lynch

April 23, 2020

Council of the Americas held a private Member Webex meeting with the U.S. ambassador to Guyana.

Member Webex: An Update on Mexico's Economic Outlook with J.P. Morgan and Moody's

April 23, 2020

AS/COA hosted a virtual panel discussion on the status of the Mexican economy and the government response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Member Webex: Andrés Velasco on the Global Economic Impact of COVID-19

April 21, 2020

AS/COA hosted a virtual discussion with the former Chilean finance minister and current dean of the School of Public Policy at the London School of Economics.

Member Webex: The COVID-19 Aid Challenge for Latin America

April 21, 2020

AS/COA hosted an off-the-record meeting with experts from Transparency International and the World Bank.

Member Webex: J.P. Morgan’s Luis Oganes on Peru’s Economy

April 20, 2020

AS/CO hosted a virtual discussion with J.P. Morgan’s head of currencies, commodities, and emerging markets research on April 20.

Member Webex: Stimulus Efforts in Latin American Economies

April 16, 2020

AS/COA hosted an off-the-record discussion with experts from Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico.

Member Webex: The Implications of Mexico's COVID-19 Response

April 16, 2020

AS/COA hosts journalist Carlos Bravo Regidor and economist Valeria Moy to explore the outlook for Mexico in light of the government’s coronavirus response.


Member Webex: Luis Rubio

March 31, 2020

AS/COA hosted a private Webex discussion with the chairman of the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations about Mexico’s current political, social, and economic situation amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Member Webex: Regional Economic Implications of COVID-19

March 27, 2020

COA held a private discussion on March 27 with Inter-American Development Bank's vice president on the economic impacts of COVID-19 in the region.

Member Webex: Crisis Communications - The Importance of Communicating Effectively to Stakeholders Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

March 26, 2020

AS/COA hosted a private discussion with experts on March 26 about the importance of crisis communications.

Member Webex: Panel on Political and Economic Implications of COVID-19 on Brazil

March 25, 2020

AS/COA hosted a private Webex panel discussion on the situation of the novel coronavirus outbreak in the country and its political and economic implications.


Member Webex: Salomón Chertorivski

March 24, 2020

AS/COA hosted a Webex discussion with Mexico's former secretary of health about the effect of the coronavirus pandemic on the country.

Member Webex: Luis de la Calle

March 24, 2020

AS/COA hosted a Webex discussion with Mexico's former undersecretary for international trade negotiations about potential impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.

Member Webex: Felipe Muñoz

March 20, 2020

AS/COA hosted a private Webex discussion with Felipe Muñoz, and the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Colombian-Venezuelan border shutdown.