China Americas

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South China Morning Post
  1. At least four doctors began a hunger strike on Wednesday as a protest against the substandard working conditions that Peru’s medical workers say they have faced in fighting the coronavirus pandemic.The hunger strike in Peru’s capital, Lima, is the latest action by health care workers asking the government to improve their work environment. Medical personnel have been protesting for a week just as a second wave of coronavirus cases is hitting the country.“We are concerned about the abandonment…
  2. Chile on Wednesday became the latest country to give emergency approval to China’s CoronaVac vaccine as it battles the coronavirus pandemic which has claimed more than 17,500 lives in the country to date.CoronaVac was developed by China’s Sinovac firm and has been approved for emergency use in Brazil, China, Indonesia and Turkey.Chile joined the small club on Wednesday when its ISP public health institute gave the go-ahead. The country hopes to receive 10 million doses of the vaccine, adding to…
  3. Australia and Brazil, the world’s two largest iron ore producers, remained China’s top suppliers in 2020, but imports from India soared 88 per cent as Chinese mills diversified sources amid sky-high raw materials prices.Australian shipments rose 7 per cent to 713 million tonnes, while Brazilian supplies were up 3.5 per cent at 235.7 million tonnes, data from China’s General Administration of Customs showed on Wednesday.“The two countries’ rise could not fully meet China’s demand,” said Tang…
  4. Guatemalan security forces on Monday broke up a caravan of some 4,000 Honduran migrants trying to reach the United States on a journey of thousands of kilometres through Central America on foot.Police advanced on the group in a coordinated move, striking batons against their shields to make an intimidating noise, prompting the migrants to scatter.The group was still on Guatemalan soil, and some regrouped to resume their quest for a better life further north.The caravan, which departed Honduras…
  5. Brazil accelerated plans to start vaccinating against the coronavirus after an early start by the state of Sao Paulo added pressure on President Jair Bolsonaro to move faster and stem an incipient loss of popularity.The government distributed on Monday 6 million doses of a shot produced by China’s Sinovac Biotech in partnership with Sao Paulo’s Butantan Institute to all of its 27 states and gave the green light for immunisations to begin this afternoon, according to an official statement.Less…
  6. Brazilian health regulator Anvisa on Sunday approved emergency use of Covid-19 vaccines from China’s Sinovac Biotech and Britain’s AstraZeneca, kicking off immunisations as the pandemic enters a deadly second wave.Minutes after Anvisa’s board voted unanimously to approve both vaccines, Monica Calazans, a 54-year-old nurse in Sao Paulo, became the first person to be inoculated in Brazil, receiving the Chinese vaccine known as CoronaVac.President Jair Bolsonaro, a coronavirus sceptic who has…
  7. Guatemala on Saturday escalated efforts to stop thousands of Hondurans, many of them families with children, travelling in a migrant caravan bound for the United States just as a new administration is about to enter the White House.Up to 9,000 migrants have entered Guatemala since Friday, according to Guatemala’s immigration authority, fleeing poverty and violence in a region battered by the coronavirus pandemic and back-to-back hurricanes in November.Videos showed Guatemalan security forces…
  8. The world has lost tropical forest equivalent to the size of California over a 13-year period, green group WWF said on Wednesday, calling for Covid-19 recovery plans to revitalise conservation efforts.In a new report, WWF analysed 24 deforestation hotspots across Asia, Latin America and Africa, and found that more than 43 million hectares (106 million acres) of forest were cleared in those areas between 2004 and 2017.Fran Raymond Price, global forest practice lead at WWF International, said the…
  9. A Chinese vaccine has been found to be significantly less effective than previous data had suggested, even as the Brazilian research institute that conducted the phase 3 clinical trials urges the public not to focus on the new efficacy rate.The São Paulo-based Butantan Institute – which is running final-stage clinical trials for CoronaVac, manufactured by Beijing-based Sinovac – submitted new data to Brazil’s health regulator on Tuesday, listing an efficacy rate of 50.4 per cent. The numbers…
  10. The Trump administration on Monday announced it was returning Cuba to the US list of state sponsors of terrorism, a move that could complicate any efforts by the incoming Biden administration to revive Obama-era detente with Havana.Just nine days before Republican President Donald Trump leaves office, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Cuba was being blacklisted for “repeatedly providing support for acts of international terrorism” by harbouring US fugitives as well as Colombian rebel leaders…