March 2

Analysis: In Vaccine Race, Middle Income Nations Are At A Disadvantage. Just Ask Peru.

By Jason Beaubien

Peru is scrambling to get access to COVID vaccines as cases spike.

But the Latin American nation is in a tough slot.

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 free doses from COVAX, the global program aimed at assuring equitable access to vaccines.

Peru is now trying to hammer out individual deals with the handful of pharmaceutical companies that currently have vaccine to sell.

Source: NPR (link opens in a new window)

Coronavirus, Health Care