Latin American News Dispatch reports, excerpts pertaining Bolivia follow:
Latin America Faces Disadvantage In Race For Coronavirus Supplies
REGION: The manufacturing company 3M announced a deal with the Trump administration on Monday to continue exporting N95 protective masks to Canada and Latin America. Trump invoked the Defense Production Act to block 3M from exporting the masks last week, arguing they should be reserved for U.S. medical care. The company warned, “There are… significant humanitarian implications of ceasing respirator supplies to health care workers in Canada and Latin America, where we are a critical supplier of respirators.”
The dispute highlights how Latin American countries, where coronavirus cases will peak later than in Western Europe and the U.S., may struggle to secure enough medical equipment and personal protective equipment (PPE) for health professionals. Developing countries will be unable to compete with the purchasing power of the U.S. in the global scramble to secure medical supplies. Jeremy Konyndyk, a former U.S. official specialized in disaster response told Politico, “It’s ‘Lord of the Flies: PPE Edition.’”
HEADLINES FROM THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE
BOLIVIA: Human Rights Ombudsman Nadia Cruz is under increasing pressure to resign after she criticized the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. In an interview, Cruz said the government knew the risk of an outbreak since September 2019, and the government still was not prepared. The first coronavirus outbreak was reported in Wuhan, China in December 2019. Right-wing presidential candidate, Carlos Mesa, called her ignorant and irresponsible. As of Monday night, Bolivia has 183 confirmed cases of COIVD-19, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Bolivian Thoughts opinion: Cruz outburst must not go unpunished, she clearly was doing politics, blaming current government with a lie, a distortion of events never seen, only im her sick mind!