Peru’s ex-president sought COVID jab out of turn, doctor says

Scandal over government officials receiving vaccines early continues to roil the South American nation. The doctor leading a coronavirus vaccine trial in Peru has said former President Martin Vizcarra got a COVID-19 jab out of turn, as a scandal over government officials receiving vaccines before the general public continues to roil the South American nation. […]

Peru’s foreign minister resigns over COVID vaccine scandal

Elizabeth Astete is the second official to step down amid a growing scandal over politicians receiving jabs well before the general public. Peru’s foreign minister has resigned, the second top official to step down amid a growing scandal over politicians receiving COVID-19 vaccinations well before the general public. Elizabeth Astete tweeted on Sunday that she […]

Postcard From Peru: Why the Morality Plays Inside The Times Won’t Stop

Mr. McNeil had one high-profile stumble last May when he appeared on CNN and called for the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to resign over the agency’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak. “His editors have discussed the issue with him to reiterate that his job is to report the facts and […]

Peru swears in new health minister after COVID vaccine scandal

Former President Martin Vizcarra receiving COVID-19 jab before it is widely available prompts minister’s resignation. Peru has sworn in a new health minister, the country’s president confirmed on Saturday, after a scandal broke this week over former President Martin Vizcarra receiving a coronavirus vaccine before it was widely available in the South American nation. President […]

Failure to contain COVID jeopardises Latin America recovery: IMF

The economic recovery of Latin America will remain uneven and at risk unless governments take control of the pandemic and COVID-19 cases decrease, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) warned Monday. “If there are no major achievements in vaccinations, if we cannot reverse the trend that we have seen in infections and mortality, then clearly, that […]

GameStop Reddit bros, polarised US media and $55m space tickets

Happy Friday! You made it through what feels like the 8,000th week of January. If you’ve been too slammed sticking to (or abandoning) your well-intentioned New Year’s resolutions in the run-up to February 1, don’t sweat it. We’ve rounded up the biggest economic and business news stories of the week to keep you up to […]

Lockdown imposed in central Peru as COVID-19 surges

Measures to remain in force until February 14 as country looks to vaccines for way out of health crisis. Peru introduced strict new measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus on Tuesday night, as researchers said late-stage trials of China’s Sinopharm vaccine would continue after a volunteer who died was found to have been […]

Hospitals in Peru and Bolivia overflow as COVID-19 cases rise

The critical care wards of major hospitals in Peru and Bolivia stand at or near collapse after end-of-year holidays, reflecting wider regional public health capacity concerns as much of Latin America struggles to secure adequate COVID-19 vaccine supplies. While infection counts remain below last year’s peak, depleted resources, weary medical workers and a recent rush […]

Peru farmworkers lift roadblock as gov’t talks begin

Three people in Peru were killed this week in clashes with police at workers’ protests demanding higher wages. Protesting farmworkers in Peru have lifted a roadblock as discussions with the government about a contentious agricultural law began on Friday following the deaths of three people in clashes with police. The workers, who are demanding higher […]

Peru president vows action after deaths at farm workers protest

Three people die during clashes between police and protesting farm workers, who are demanding higher wages. Peru’s President Francisco Sagasti has promised to take action against police “who violated the ban on the use of firearms” after three people, including a 16-year-old boy, died this week during protests by farmworkers against a contentious new agricultural […]

Stillbirths: An overlooked consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic

The day Sarmila Shrestha felt her baby was not moving, Nepal had just gone into lockdown. She was nine months pregnant and when she visited the hospital they told her she had to take a test for COVID-19 before she could be admitted. “We were so confused about what to do next,” she said. When […]

Deforestation razed eight percent of Amazon in 18 years: Study

Deforestation in the Amazon destroyed an area bigger than Spain from 2000 to 2018, wiping out eight percent of the world’s largest rainforest, according to a study released on Tuesday. The Amazon plays a vital role in curbing climate change, but destruction of the rainforest has only accelerated in recent years, found the study by […]

Peru mine workers block highway as labour protests spread

One protester has died as farmworkers cut off transit on the main highway to the capital Lima, stranding food trucks. Mineworkers in Peru on Friday joined a growing group of farmworkers in blocking major highways throughout the country, ratcheting up pressure on newly appointed interim President Francisco Sagasti. Hundreds of union members from the Doe […]