‘Education on Hold’ in Latin America

COVID-19 has been depriving more than 97% of children in Latin America and the Caribbean of an education, according to a UNICEF report released yesterday.

  • That translates to 137 million+ children in the region missing out on school this year.
  • Latin America’s children have already lost ~4X more days of schooling (174) than the rest of the world.
  • 3 million students, especially the most vulnerable, including girls, disabled youths, migrants and indigenous children—may never return to school, the AP reports.

More news from the region:

  • Thousands displaced by Hurricane Eta face increased COVID-19 risk as prevention measures like hand washing and social distancing have been disrupted. International Federation of the Red Cross (news release)

  • Brazil suspended its late-stage trial of China’s Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine citing the October 29 death of a trial participant though trial organizers noted the death was unrelated to the vaccine. Reuters

  • Buenos Aires announced new restrictions as Argentina’s COVID-19 infections passed 1.25 million yesterday; nearly 34,000 have died. Xinhua
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