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The Latest: Fauci says pandemic highlights racism's impact

May. 16, 2021 13:10 PM EDT

ATLANTA — The immunologist who leads the COVID-19 response in the United States said Sunday that “the undeniable effects of racism” have led to unacceptable health disparities that especially hurt African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans during the pandemic. ...

Pandemic triggers new crisis in Peru: lack of cemetery space

May. 15, 2021 18:02 PM EDT

LIMA, Peru (AP) — After Joel Bautista died of a heart attack last month in Peru, his family tried unsuccessfully to find an available grave at four different cemeteries. After four days, they resorted to digging a hole in his garden. The excavation in a poor...

Peru to investigate 'empty syringes' vaccination scandal

May. 11, 2021 20:12 PM EDT

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peru's Health Ministry said Tuesday it is investigating nurses who are accused of trying to inoculate patients with empty syringes during the country's coronavirus vaccination campaign. The ministry said the three known cases were reported in the...

With pools closed, Peruvians turn to open-water swimming

Apr. 27, 2021 16:54 PM EDT

LIMA, Peru (AP) — The swimmers began gathering even before dawn glimmers on Pescadores beach, plunging into the Pacific surf for one of the few athletic endeavors permitted under Peru's strict pandemic restrictions. Swimming pools have been closed for more than a year,...

Wealthy Latin Americans flock to US in search of vaccines

Apr. 20, 2021 15:53 PM EDT

MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) — They travel thousands of miles by plane from Latin America to the U.S., in some places taking a shuttle directly from the airport to COVID-19 vaccine sites. Their ranks include politicians, TV personalities, business executives and a soccer team. ...

Students' struggles pushed Peru teacher to run for president

Apr. 18, 2021 11:37 AM EDT

CHUGUR, Peru (AP) — As schools across Peru closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, Pedro Castillo tried to find a way to keep classes going for his 20 fifth- and sixth-grade students. But in his impoverished rural community deep in the Andes, his efforts were futile. ...

Ecuador picks conservative for president; Peru sets runoff

Apr. 12, 2021 22:22 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador will be led for the next four years by a conservative businessman after voters rebuffed a left-leaning movement that yielded an economic boom and then a recession since taking hold of the presidency last decade. That election certainty, however, did not extend...

Ecuador goes with conservative banker in presidential vote

Apr. 11, 2021 23:05 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Voters in Ecuador appeared to turn to a conservative businessman in Sunday's presidential runoff election, rebuffing a leftist movement that has held the presidency for over a decade marked by an economic boom and then a yearslong recession, while in neighboring Peru a...

Religious party seeks gains in Peru's legislative elections

Apr. 10, 2021 20:57 PM EDT

JOSE CARLOS MARIATEGUI, Peru (AP) — On the banks of the Amazon River, in a village without electricity or drinking water, Andrea Rodrigo makes the yuca flour that her family sells in markets along Peru’s remote borders with Brazil and Colombia. The 21-year-old...

Ecuador, Peru to elect presidents amid strengthened pandemic

Apr. 09, 2021 08:25 AM EDT

LIMA, Peru (AP) — A surging coronavirus pandemic that has brought on new lockdown measures and exacerbated fatigue in Ecuador and Peru has left many voters generally indifferent to the names they will see on the ballots Sunday, when the neighboring South American nations are set to choose...