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As coronavaccine rollout nears, many concerns are raised in hard-hit Latin America

As coronavaccine rollout nears, many concerns are raised in hard-hit Latin America
In Latin America, a region hard hit by pandemic, poverty and flawed health care systems, many experts fear that large-scale coronavirus immunization campaigns could prove a logistical nightmare, even as vaccinations are set to begin.

As coronavaccine rollout nears, many concerns are raised in hard-hit Latin America People walk in downtown Mexico City on Dec.MEXICO CITY (Tribune News Service) — In Latin America, a region hard hit by pandemic, poverty and flawed health care systems, many experts fear that large-scale coronavirus immunization campaigns could prove a logistical nightmare, even as vaccinations are set to begin.Francisco Moreno, who heads the COVID-19 unit of Mexico City’s private ABC Medical Center, which, like most other hospitals in the capital, has no more available beds for COVID-19 patients.” Amid soaring numbers of cases, officials Friday declared the entire Mexico City metropolitan area — home to more than 20 million people — a “red” zone, shutting down nonessential activities and silencing busy streets.

“We are living in a catastrophe right now — we have patients sharing one tank of oxygen and there is a shortage of everything: ventilators, beds, medicines, safety gear, medical personnel,” said Claudia, a veteran doctor at a public hospital in Mexico City who asked that her surname be withheld, fearing reprisals.Karla Salgado, 35, a single mother of two, was among more than 100 people waiting in the morning chill for free COVID-19 tests in the central plaza of Ixtapalapa, a densely populated swath of Mexico City hard hit in the pandemic.

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