The investigation by the Centinela COVID-19 journalistic alliance in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, and Nicaragua shows the many faces of this silent tragedy and the failures in official protections.
Nine Latin American countries invested more than $320 million in no-bid purchases of COVID-19 equipment. Those who bought with fewer, but massive scale contracts and from national industries, obtained better prices.
Transporters continue to wait at the Costa Rica-Nicaragua border with little access to water, food, and restrooms.
As players in the respirator manufacturing industry, Mexico and Costa Rica navigate the complicated situations they are in during the pandemic, exporting supplies they so dearly need.
In Ecuador, hundreds of patients urgently need their treatments in order to have a decent quality of life and—in many cases—in order to survive.
Hundreds of cancer patients in Colombia are left without the radiopharmaceuticals needed for their treatments due to COVID-19’s impact on transportation.
In the fierce global battle to acquire life-saving ventilators, Paraguay faces a slew of challenges.