The Best Governments In Latin America In 2021

These are the Latin American governments with the economies that grew the most and the best vaccination results against COVID-19.

Laurentino Cortizo, Luis Lacalle Pou and Pedro Castillo

We decided to take the results in the vaccination rates against COVID-19 and the economic growth estimated by the International Monetary Fund. Photos: Wikimedia

LatinAmerican Post | Santiago Gómez Hernández

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2021 ends and it is time to take stock. However, it is not easy to be able to measure all countries equally, especially when the challenges and difficulties vary and there are different realities that each of the leaders must face.

But the best way is to be able to find the same variable to measure the performance of each country. For this, we decided to take the results in the vaccination rates against COVID-19 and the economic growth estimated by the International Monetary Fund.


The Government of Laurentino Cortizo not only has a vaccination rate of 69% of people with at least one dose, very close to the average for the entire region, it also has one of the economies that grew the most and will grow the most in 2022. According to the International Monetary Fund, Panama's GDP expects to grow 12% this year and 5% next year, with a constant trend for 2026. This leaves Panama as the economy that has been recovering the best in the entire area.


In terms of vaccination, Chile is one of the most successful programs in the entire continent. With 89% vaccinated with a single dose, according to Our World in Data, it is the second country with the best numbers. The Andean country is only surpassed by Cuba with 91% of the population with 1 dose and 84% with double a vaccine of its own creation and production. What differentiates Chile from Cuba is its economic growth. However, Sebastián Piñera, Andean president, had to overcome the ravages left by 2020 and a social crisis that ended in the formulation of a new constitution.

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The Government of Lacalle Pou, can be considered well served during this second year of the pandemic. Not only is it the fourth country with the highest number of vaccinated in Latin America, (79% with one dose and 77% with double dose) but it also has an estimated considerable growth: 3.1% for 2021 and 3.2% for 2022.


The Government of Alberto Fernández stands out for its great GDP growth for 2021. According to the latest report from the International Monetary Fund, the southern country will grow 7.5%. But it also has 83% of the total population vaccinated, with 70% with the full dose. However, the devastating effects that 2020 has left and the high inflation that the country is experiencing, does not allow Fernández to sleep peacefully.


The Inca country is one of the countries that has been able to balance its economic growth and its vaccination program during this difficult 2021. During the Government of President Francisco Sagasti and the arrival of Pedro Castillo, Peru not only had 72% of its entire population vaccinated, but more than 62% of the population already has 2 doses. In addition, in economic matters, the South American country has an estimated GDP growth of 10% for this year according to the IMF.


The governments of Lenin Moreno and Guillermo Lasso left good results, both in vaccination and in terms of economic growth. It is, according to Our World in Data, the fifth country with the highest percentage of vaccination, with 78% of the total population receiving at least one dose. In addition, according to the IMF, Ecuador expects to grow, at least 2.8%, a mediocre growth, but just as remarkable. For the next year, the estimated decrease rises to 3.5%.