The Week (US)

Guatemala City


Harris warns migrants: On a trip to Guatemala this week, Vice President Kamala Harris delivered a direct message to Central Americans thinking of illegally migrating to the U.S.: “Do not come.” Speaking at a press conference with Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei, Harris said the journey to the U.S. was dangerous, and “if you come to our border, you will be turned back.” U.S. immigratio­n authoritie­s detained more than 172,000 migrants—most of them Central Americans—at the southwest border in April, the highest monthly total since the early 2000s. In conjunctio­n with Harris’ trip, the Biden administra­tion announced the creation of a new task force to tackle corruption in the region and another to combat human and drug traffickin­g. Harris pledged the U.S. would boost economic and educationa­l opportunit­ies in Central America, saying she wanted to restore “hope” so residents would no longer feel the need to flee north.

Port-au-Prince, Haiti

No vaccinatio­ns: Haiti, the poorest country in the Americas, is now the only nation in the region that has yet to inoculate a single person against Covid-19. A month ago, the global vaccine initiative Covax offered Haiti a batch of AstraZenec­a doses; the government declined, citing reports of dangerous blood clots, and asked for a substitute. No replacemen­t vaccine has been offered. Haiti has reported some 15,430 coronaviru­s cases and 325 deaths, but it has no mass testing, so the true spread is unknown. “We are seeing a high mortality rate and facilities are overloaded,” said Alessandra Giudiceand­rea of Doctors Without Borders. Haiti has been in political turmoil during the entire pandemic, with President Jovenel Moïse ruling by decree following the dissolutio­n of the legislatur­e.

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