December 28. Global travel industry leaders should take note of the incredible turnaround and success in South America against coronavirus, now becoming the most vaccinated region in the world. While it deserves plaudits, the Omicron variant presents new challenges, even in a part of the world with a long history of “cultura de vacinacao.”
Throughout much of 2020 and early 2021, South America was ground zero in the global fight against COVID-19.
Oxygen ran low in Peru. Gravediggers worked through the night in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Bodies were stuffed into shipping containers in Guayaquil, Ecuador.
Brazil, the largest country in Latin America, saw its COVID-19 death toll rise to the second-highest in the world, while Argentina and Peru reported some of the heaviest death per capita figures anywhere.
But in recent months, despite patchy health services and lower income levels than in Europe or the United States, the region has emerged as a surprise winner in the vaccination race.