28-05-2020 Latin American Weekly Report
Argentina’s default number nine: the enigmatic one
As many countries across Latin America and the Caribbean are reeling from the combined health and economic impact of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, a ray of hope cut through the gloom. The heads of state of Argentina and Mexico, Alberto Fernández and Andrés Manuel López Obrador, respectively, celebrated an accord with the British pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca to produce Oxford University’s vaccine. While Fernández and López Obrador share an ideological affinity, their antithetical approach to the pandemic has been striking, with one enforcing a strict lockdown and the other dismissive from the outset, and Argentina, with a population just over a third the size of Mexico, has suffered fewer than a tenth of the number of fatalities from Covid-19. In spite of this, sizable protests on 16 August suggest public patience is wearing thin in Argentina.
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