What is it about?

Latin American countries have limited resources to fund research. Our data shows that ongoing research on local diseases such as dengue fever, Zika virus and yellow fever appear to contribute to a knowledge base applicable into the study of COVID-19.

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Why is it important?

Our findings suggest that existing scientific knowledge and infra-structure should continue to be funded, because it can be redeployed into the study of new diseases when a new health emergency occurs. Statistical, network and geo-referenced analysis is applied in this study.

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The authors of this article belong to the same institution and the publication was the result of collective and concerted efforts among them. Complementary expertises were combined in the organization of this international analysis, which we hope to be of interest to Latin American scholars and policy makers and to those who study the region.

Dr. André Sica de Campos
State University of Campinas

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This page is a summary of: The nature of rapid response to COVID-19 in Latin America: an examination of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Mexico, Online Information Review, March 2021, Emerald, DOI: 10.1108/oir-09-2020-0391.
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