COVID deaths have surpassed 10,000 this month in Guatemala. COVID cases are the highest they have ever been throughout the pandemic and the Delta variant is confirmed to be present in the country. Hospitals are full again with patients.
In the midst of this, there has been a mishandling of the vaccine roll out in the country. Of our population of 17 million, only 1.7 million have been vaccinated. And while the government already spent $80 million on 16 million dollars of the Russian Sputnik vaccine, only 55,000 have been delivered which has left the Guatemalan population asking where did the money go and how could the government have mismanaged the pandemic so badly?
National protests and road blocks have paralyzed the country for the last couple of weeks as the population is fed up with the government corruption and mishandling of the pandemic. Protests are demanding the resignation of the president.
Aside from the 55,000 vaccines provided by the government, the rest of the vaccines being administered in the country are from donations from the US, Russia, Spain, and Mexico.