This scenario, also favored by the political Country Email List distance between the countries and the lack of leadership, has limited the possibility of reaching concerted policies. It is possible to observe that, in almost all the action blocks in Latin Country Email List America, the main strategies were related to high-level political declarations, publication of reports with epidemiological data, and holding virtual forums on the pandemic. Some moved forward with other more specific initiatives. The Central American Integration System (SICA) Country Email List and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), for example, strengthened regional epidemiological surveillance strategies and discussed the adoption of joint negotiation mechanisms for medicines that already existed before the pandemic.
The Common Market of the South (Mercosur) mobilized Country Email List regional funds for emergency financial support and the purchase of supplies and diagnostic tests, as did SICA. In the cases of Mercosur and the Andean Health Organization-Hipólito Unanue Agreement (ORAS-CONHU), in addition to political declarations, the main actions have Country Email List been aimed at organizing operational surveillance and response structures. The Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) tried to strengthen cooperation with other international organizations such as the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the Food and Agriculture Organization Country Email List of the United Nations (FAO). The most recently created.
Forum for the Progress of South America (Prosur), despite Country Email List important political declarations, did not advance in the search for more concrete coordination strategies to face the pandemic. Although some mechanisms have held joint virtual events to discuss the issue of covid-19, they have only recently begun to develop more specific articulation strategies between blocs, as is the case of the articulation between ORAS-CONHU, the Treaty Country Email List Organization of Amazon Cooperation (OTCA) and the Mercosur Social Institute, which are seeking to optimize resources and develop joint strategies for indigenous health and border problems in the Amazonian countries. In short, the health crisis makes regional fragmentation visible. What is seen is that the alliances between the different blocs have been partial Country Email List when it comes to facing the pandemic. Added to this is the fact that one of the instances that.