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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.  

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.

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Where Is the Coronavirus in Latin America?

May 28, 2020

Everywhere. AS/COA Online looks at how governments are responding to COVID-19 across the region.

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¿Dónde está el coronavirus en América Latina?

May 26, 2020

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

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

May 20, 2020

Policy differences make for challenges in cross-country comparisons, but the numbers offer a snapshot of where the region stands as of mid-May.

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 Andrés Manuel López Obrador

Approval Tracker: Mexico's President AMLO

May 26, 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.

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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.

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.  

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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: 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: 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: 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: 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.