Coronavirus

How close to a vaccine are Latin American nations?

Unlike European and North American nations, most Latin American countries still don't know when they will be able to distribute a Covid-19 vaccine

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People in Cusco, Peru. Photo: Lidiya Ribakova/Shutterstock

Puerto Rican respiratory therapist Yahaira Alicea became one of the first people in Latin America and the Caribbean to get a vaccine against Covid-19, months after being aboard a cruise ship to treat an Italian couple, the first two confirmed cases on the island back in March. 

Ms. Alicea’s vaccination signaled the start of the vaccination season in Latin America. In Puerto Rico, an unincorporated territory of the U.S., planes arrived carrying more than 16,500 vaccines from pharmaceutical company Pfizer, to be distributed in at least 65 Puerto Rican hospitals. 

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