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Will COVID-19 recovery in South America's top migrant-host countries succeed without vaccinating all Venezuelan migrants? In a new blog post for the Latin American Program, Nicolás Forero-Villarreal and Jacqueline Mazza review national vaccination plans in South America's top six migrant-hosting nations.  They find that most countries require that Venezuelans have legal residence in order to be eligible for a vaccine.  According to the authors, "Latin America may be taking yet another gamble with its precarious recovery: that full health and economic recovery from COVID-19 will still be possible while leaving millions of Venezuelans within their borders without the vaccine."

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