The Peruvian Dilemma – too Wealthy to be Properly Helped, too Poor to Help Itself

Since the beginning of January, the daily tally of coronavirus cases has quadrupled in Peru. This week the government tightened lockdown restrictions across much of the country. The state of emergency order shut down businesses, barred flights from Brazil and even shuttered churches in the predominantly Christian nation.

By Jason Beaubien

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The first problem is its relative wealth. Peru is classified by the World Bank as "upper middle-income." So it has some money to spend on vaccines but not nearly the financial resources of the U.S., the European Union or even wealthier neighbors like Brazil or Chile. But it's not poor enough to qualify for enough free doses from COVAX, the . . .

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