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LatinNews Daily - 16 February 2021

Main Briefing
On 15 February Allan Wagner was sworn-in as Peru’s foreign minister, the day after Elizabeth Astete resigned the position upon admitting that she received a vaccine against coronavirus (Covid-19) irregularly...
Andean
*Peru’s national statistics institute (Inei) has published its latest economic data, which shows that the country’s GDP fell by 11.12% in 2020 compared to the previous year...
Brazil
On 15 February, the mayor of the city of Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Paes, announced that vaccination against the coronavirus (Covid-19) in Brazil’s most iconic city would be suspended from today (16 February) as supplies have run out...
* Researchers from the centre on macroeconomics of inequality at Brazil’s Universidade de São Paulo (Made-USP) have published a report outlining how increasing taxation on Brazil’s richest 1% to allow for direct transfers to the country’s poorest 30% could help with the country's economic recovery...
Central America & Caribbean
On 15 February Costa Rica’s umbrella workers’ union, the Asociación Nacional de Empleados Públicos y Privados (Anep), and protest group Movimiento Rescate Nacional (MRN) staged protests outside Costa Rica’s central bank (BCCR) in the capital, San José...
* Nicaragua’s finance minister, Iván Acosta, has said that he expects Nicaragua’s GDP to grow 2.5% in 2021 after three years of contractions...
Mexico
On 15 February Mexico's President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said the United Nations (UN) should call an “urgent meeting” to address the hoarding of vaccines against the coronavirus (Covid-19)...
* Mexico’s national statistics institute (Inegi) has released the results of its national employment survey (Enoe) for the fourth quarter of 2020, according to which the unemployment rate was 4.6%...
Southern Cone
On 15 February, the Partido Liberal Radical Auténtico (PLRA), Paraguay’s main opposition party, called for the staging of “a major mobilisation” on 26 February in support of its jailed president, Efraín Alegre...
* Chile’s economy, development & tourism minister, Lucas Palacios, has announced a plan to support the tourism and creative industry sectors, as they continue to be squeezed by the effects of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic and accompanying restrictions...

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