11:30—12:30 PM ET

Peru and COVID-19: Epidemiological and Economic Perspectives


  • Piero Ghezzi, Founding Partner of and Former Minister of Production of Peru
  • Camila Gianella, Executive Director of the Centre for Social Sciences Research (CISEPA) and Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Psychology, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Peru
  • Amanda Glassman, Executive Vice President and Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development
  • Liliana Rojas-Suarez, Senior Fellow and Director of the Latin America Initiative, Center for Global Development


Despite early and aggressive lockdown measures, COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on the country’s population, health system, and economy. Peru has one of the highest number of cases in Latin America and the world, with no sign yet of decline, and the economic outlook for the country is grim with the World Bank projecting a 12% drop in GDP in 2020.

This session will examine the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects in Peru, how the country is coping with and responding to the crisis, including successes and opportunities missed, the role of the international community in the response, and what more is needed for the challenging months ahead. Speakers will also consider the experience of Peru in relation to other countries in the region and around the world. 

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