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May 12, 2021

COVID-19 vaccine tracker: Latin America and the Caribbean

Issue briefs and reports

Our interactive maps track the percentage of the population of each Latin American and Caribbean country covered by current vaccine agreements; the total number of doses secured by each country and breakdown by supplier/vaccine; where each vaccine is being used across the region; and how many vaccines flow from each major producing country to regional destinations.

Caribbean Coronavirus

In-Depth Research & Reports by Pepe Zhang, Peter Engelke

Apr 21, 2021

2025 Post-Covid Scenarios: Latin America and the Caribbean

In-Depth Research & Reports by Pepe Zhang, Peter Engelke

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has found that the COVID-19 pandemic has led to the worst economic decline in Latin America and the Caribbean in two hundred years. In addition to its economic toll, the pandemic has had a devastating impact on the region’s society and health systems. Although the region represents just 8 percent […]

Americas Coronavirus

Issue Brief by Pepe Zhang

Dec 4, 2020

Moving Beyond COVID-19: Vaccines and Other Policy Considerations in Latin America

Issue Brief by Pepe Zhang

Parts of Latin America and the Caribbean have become COVID-19 hot spots. With 8 percent of the world’s population, the region accounts for nearly one-third of all COVID-19 infections and deaths as of late November. Although new infections have slowed on a regional level, ongoing second or third pandemic waves across Europe and the United States could be a sign of things to come.

Americas Coronavirus

Pepe Zhang is an associate Director and fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center. Zhang coordinates the center’s post-COVID prosperity portfolio, covering regional macroeconomic, international trade and investment, health, and other key economic opportunities and issues in Latin America and the Caribbean. Zhang also leads the center’s China-Latin America portfolio, which provides timely insight on the growing relations between the two through multi-perspective and forward-looking analyses and events. Zhang is the author, most recently, of “LAC 2025: Three Post-COVID Scenarios,” “China-LAC Trade 2035: Four Scenarios,” and “Moving Beyond COVID-19: Vaccines and Other Policy Considerations in Latin America.” Zhang’s analyses have been published on outlets such as Project Syndicate, World Economic Forum, and Americas Quarterly, and his English-, Spanish-, and Chinese-language commentaries have been featured by US and international media including CNN, the New York Times, Associated Press, El País, O Globo, and more.

Prior to joining the Atlantic Council, Zhang worked at the Inter-American Development Bank, focusing on international trade and investment promotion, entrepreneurship, and technology in Latin America and the Caribbean, with a special emphasis on China-Latin America connections. Zhang holds a master’s degree in international economics from the Johns Hopkins University’s Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies and a bachelor’s degree from Pomona College in Latin American politics and Spanish. Zhang is fluent in Spanish, English, and Chinese, and has extensive professional and academic experience across Latin America, China, and the United States.