Covid-19 has claimed the lives of nearly 200 000 people in peru.
The vaccination campaign is only slowly getting underway just 16 of the population are completely inoculated. The country is battling several coronavirus variants. Experts say Latin America is fast becoming the new epicenter of the pandemic. More than one million people there have died the only exception is Chile where 80 percent of the population are fully vaccinated in a region where otherwise health systems are struggling to cope.
The coronavirus arrived in the country this third spike has put the medical system to the test quarantine measures have been struggling to strengthen an already strained system. ICUs and the country’s second largest city medellin are over 95 percent occupied doctors insist that the national model of pandemic care has failed on the streets of Medellin. Everything seems normal. The country is in the grips of a third coronavirus wave. But there is little sign of that here it is a different story in local hospitals. The suffering there has taken a heavy toll on nurse.
Colombia was the first country in Latin America to receive vaccines from the international Kovacs initiative in March. But, it hasn’t done much to slow the rise in infections. The many of the vaccines that were ordered have simply not arrived. So, at this point about one quarter or just under one quarter of the Colombian population is fully vaccinated which is actually higher than the global average. But of course it’s not enough and for example many of those vaccines are now from sinovac the two companies that have most applied vaccines to colombia. So far, pfizer and cinovak and the kovacs mechanism is actually way behind Colombia about over 20 million doses for them and only just over 3 million have arrived which leads to about 1.5 million people fully vaccinated.
So, they’re just not getting enough vaccinations into the country because general level global production is simply not keeping up with the global need. America has recorded 30 percent of all global covid deaths while representing only 8 of the world’s population tell us what has gone wrong there. Latin America is a region there’s of course differences by country. But overall, they enter the pandemic with very low levels of preparedness. They have high inequalities weak public health care systems, high levels of informality, high urbanization, over credit housing and so. When governments try to implement social distancing rules in a region where half the population works informally. It is really hard to enforce those if people need to go out onto the streets to survive. Governments also had a hard time reaching those populations to help them to shelter at home and as a result and especially in high urbanization overcrowded housing the virus spread easily.
Now, a year later it is even an even harder trade-off for governments with lots of low-income people no fiscal space left over they are out of money too continue with social distancing measures. That is of course feeling contained now to along with the delta variant. Now could Latin America then become the new epicenter of the coronavirus variants and what would the consequences be for the rest of the world.
The virus spreads there is more possibilities for mutations and the consequences of course would be terrible and the fact that this issue is global and that a global effort is needed to produce and distribute vaccines as fast as possible in the region. Now would not be the time to be stingy or nationalistic about this while. Nowhere in the world have children missed more school days. As a result of the pandemic on average as in Latin America what are countries going to do about that we hope that they prioritize opening schools.
They prioritized opening a lot of the economy. But the schools have remained closed and that’s been devastating for a region where now over half the children live in poverty. Not just school and poverty but millions of kids have missed their regular vaccinations. What the region needs to do is actually establish a social contract with children and that would involve reopening the schools safely. As a priority help families that are struggling with food insecurity and reinforce preventive health care systems for children. Now most recently in Colombia there have been protests for more supportive public policies to alleviate the economic impact of this pandemic. Now this pandemic has pushed many people into poverty is that going to impact who will be in power in the future in these countries. That is impossible to say because there is so many intervening patches.
What the pandemic has done is really exacerbating existing fragile institutions existing strengths in the region. In Colombia it might be that the left-wing opposition will pick up pace. Colombia has had a conservative government that has been seen not to do enough to provide social assistance for the population and regionally has not. It is quite a bit behind its regional counterparts. It is a conservative government there have been massive protests against it and it may be that this will add to the popularity of a lifting opposition particularly in the case of colombia.