From the Document: "The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is having widespread economic, social, and political effects on Latin America and the Caribbean. As of September 1, 2021, the region had 43.3 million confirmed cases (almost 21% of cases worldwide) and more than 1.4 million deaths (almost 32% of deaths worldwide). Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Colombia, and Argentina had the region's highest numbers of deaths. Looking at mortality (death) rates per 100,000 population, Peru had the highest recorded COVID-19 mortality rate in the region, followed by Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, and Paraguay. [...] The rollout of vaccines has varied considerably, and there is concern that widespread vaccine access in some countries could be delayed until 2022 or 2023, making populations vulnerable to new waves and more transmittable variants of the virus. According to PAHO's [Pan American Health Organization's] director, as of September 1, 2021, 25% of the population of Latin America and the Caribbean had been fully vaccinated. [...] As of June 2021, the U.S. Agency for International Development had obligated nearly $218 million to support the region's pandemic response. Congress is now considering the Biden Administration's FY2022 budget request, which would provide nearly $2.1 billion of aid to help the region recover from the pandemic and address other challenges."
CRS In Focus, IF11581
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