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As the hardest-hit region by the COVID-19 pandemic, Latin America relies on outside assistance to combat the devastating health, economic, and social impacts caused by unprecedented virus surges in the region. From field hospitals to life-saving ventilators, the U.S. and China have taken action to help Latin America curb the spread of COVID-19, donating millions of dollars in medical supplies and simultaneously improving their individual reputations as trustworthy allies. In this video explainer the Latin American Program explores U.S. and Chinese "medical diplomacy" in Latin America and the key aspects behind the rivaling superpowers' strategies to gain influence in the region during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Latin American Program

The Wilson Center’s prestigious Latin American Program provides non-partisan expertise to a broad community of decision makers in the United States and Latin America on critical policy issues facing the Hemisphere. The Program provides insightful and actionable research for policymakers, private sector leaders, journalists, and public intellectuals in the United States and Latin America. To bridge the gap between scholarship and policy action, it fosters new inquiry, sponsors high-level public and private meetings among multiple stakeholders, and explores policy options to improve outcomes for citizens throughout the Americas. Drawing on the Wilson Center’s strength as the nation’s key non-partisan forum, the Program serves as a trusted source of analysis and a vital point of contact between the worlds of scholarship and action.  Read more