Latin America

Private vaccine rollouts begin to take hold in Latin America

With governments unable to provide vaccine jabs to citizens, private firms want to step in. But the plan could further raise inequality

Private vaccine rollouts begin to take hold in Latin America
Vaccination station in Lima, the Peruvian capital. Photo: Joel Salvador/Shutterstock

Latin American governments find themselves in a tough position: Covid-19 cases in most countries are either trending upward or have plateaued at high levels, hospitals are running out of beds, and vaccination campaigns have stalled in all but a few nations. Private firms have lobbied for the right to import immunizers and distribute them themselves, claiming they would be more effective in getting jabs into arms than the public sector. 

In many countries, the private sector’s early pressure moves have been successful.

Colombia became the latest country in the region to allow companies to purchase vaccines directly from...

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