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Shobita Parthasarathy

complete monopolies over important technologies like medicines. In the case of COVID-19, Canada, Germany, Chile, and Ecuador have also already amended their patent laws to ensure rapid compulsory licensing of any tests, treatments, or vaccines if necessary

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Latin America and COVID-19

Political Rights and Presidential Leadership to the Test

Brigitte Weiffen

restricted worldwide in the name of fighting the pandemic. Reasonable precaution allowed leaders to institute extraordinary measures that disable basic democratic mechanisms. Latin America is no exception. The imposition of curfews (such as in Chile, Ecuador

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Marcos S. Scauso, Garrett FitzGerald, Arlene B. Tickner, Navnita Chadha Behera, Chengxin Pan, Chih-yu Shih, and Kosuke Shimizu

coronavirus itself—as part of a vibrant ecology indicated by many strains of indigenous (and more recently, post-humanist) thought. Several countries, such as Ecuador and Bolivia, have already expanded notions of citizenship to include “nature” as an equal

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Wolfgang Merkel and Jean-Paul Gagnon

Greece, or 1973 Chile. But often those democratic regimes do not collapse but transform into what I call defective democracies ( Merkel 2004) . That is the case of Venezuela since Hugo Chavez came into power, or Ecuador under Raphael Corea, Bolivia under