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Latin American Countries Are Waiting On Vaccines. Here’s What They’ve Reserved So Far

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A lab technician sorts blood samples for a COVID-19 vaccination study at the Research Centers of America in Hollywood, Fla., on Aug. 13, 2020.

The coronavirus vaccine has yet to roll into Latin America. When it does, residents of Chile will be most likely to get it. Next in line: Mexico, Brazil and Argentina.

But the rest of the region remains in limbo, thanks to wealthier nations’ maneuverings to obtain as much vaccine as possible, experts say.

“Upper and even some middle-income countries are the ones pre-purchasing or reserving most of the doses, so there’s little left for other countries to buy,” said Ernesto Ortiz, senior manager for programs at Duke University’s Global Health Institute, which has been tracking distributions through official announcements and media reports.

Read more at our news partner the Miami Herald.