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Boxes of vaccines, unrelated to COVID-19, are stored in a large refrigerator, during a media tour of the ministry warehouse where the vaccine for the new coronavirus will also be stored in freezers in Bogota, Colombia, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. (AP Photo/Ivan Valencia)

Colombia says it's ready to distribute coronavirus vaccines

Jan. 19, 2021 2:26 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian officials say that they are ready to distribute millions of COVID-19 vaccines, once the shots arrive in the South American country. On Tuesday, officials from the Ministry of Health took journalists through a temperature-controlled warehouse in Bogota that can house up to...

French man wanted in homicide arrested in Colombia

Jan. 14, 2021 1:35 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A French citizen wanted in his home country in connection with a homicide has been arrested in Colombia, authorities in the South American nation announced Thursday. The man was identified as Tarek M‘Naouar. He was the subject of an Interpol red notice for a homicide in...

Followed by her government-assigned bodyguard, community leader Luz Nelly Santana, right, attends a meeting with other leaders who like her have received death threats in Bogota, Colombia, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020. Santana, who runs an organization that helps community leaders fleeing violence to settle in Bogota, is one of the thousands of activists assigned some sort of government protection. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

Colombia struggles to keep social leaders safe

Jan. 13, 2021 10:45 AM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Just taking a walk in the streets of Colombia’s capital can feel dangerous for Luz Nelly Santana. The Afro-Colombian community leader sometimes she uses a hat or a turban for disguise. She always wears a bulletproof vest. And she's followed by a bodyguard assigned by the...

A healthcare worker collects a nasal swab sample to test for COVID-19, in Bogota, Colombia, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021. Colombia's capital city is reimposing lockdown measures on Tuesday as new coronavirus infections rise around the country. (AP Photo/Ivan Valencia)

Colombia brings back lockdowns as coronavirus cases rise

Jan. 5, 2021 3:45 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — As the holiday season winds down, Colombia is experiencing a sharp rise in coronavirus infections that has prompted several cities to impose curfews and stay at home measures that had not been implemented for months. In the capital city of Bogota, the local government locked down...

Nutritionist Beatriz Millan, center right, of the Renal Dialysis Unit and her dialysis patients harvest lettuce and chard during an agro-therapy session at El Tunal Hospital in Bogota, Colombia, Monday, Dec. 14, 2020. Doctors at El Tunal are hoping that gardening can have a positive effect on kidney patients, who must visit the hospital three or four times a week to have their blood cleansed by dialysis machines. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

Gardening helps kidney patients in Colombian hospital

Dec. 15, 2020 12:23 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — For the past seven years, Lionel Cifuentes has been coming to Bogota’s El Tunal Hospital three times a week to get treatment for his dysfunctional kidneys. Now he has another reason to visit a place that has become so familiar to him it feels like a second home. A small...