Potential COVID-19 Drug to Be Made in Puerto Rico

The FDA has approved a new facility in Manati, Puerto Rico, for Romark Laboratories. Approved use includes production of NT-300 (nitazoxanide), a drug considered promising for treatment of COVID-19, as well as its current formulation of the drug as a treatment for diarrhea under the brand name Alinia. The 35,000 square foot facility currently employs 100… Read more »

Congressional Controversy Over New Self Determination Bill

U.S. Representatives Nydia Velazquez (D-NY) introduced federal legislation last week calling for a new convention in Puerto Rico at which delegates would do away with the Island’s current status as a U.S. territory and recommend a new political status for Puerto  Rico. Delegates would be elected by Puerto Rican voters in an election conducted according… Read more »

COVID-19 Restrictions for Businesses in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico has had among the toughest regulations during the pandemic within the US, and additional restrictions specifically for businesses released by the Department of Health Regulation No. 9210 went into effect on August 21. Four requirements Everyone entering a business must take four basic precautions: Their temperatures must be checked. They must clean their… Read more »

Should Commonwealth Be on the Ballot?

Puerto Rico held status votes in 1967, 1993, 1998, 2012, and 2017, which gave Puerto Rican voters the choice over whether their Island should remain a U.S. territory or change its relationship with the U.S. A new status vote has been scheduled for November 3, 2020. A thread runs through all discussions of Puerto Rico plebiscites: should… Read more »

Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon, Other Leaders Test Positive for COVID-19

Jenniffer González-Colon

Rep. Jenniffer González-Colón, Puerto Rico’s Resident Commissioner, announced that she has tested positive for COVID-19. Johnny Méndez, leader of Puerto Rico’s House of Representatives, two of Pedro Pierluisi‘s top aides, Rep. José “Pichy” Torres Zamora, Senators Carmelo Ríos, Luis Burdiel, and William Villafañe, and other members of the legislature also tested positive for the virus. The… Read more »

How Many Puerto Rican Votes Would Trump Need to Win?

Puerto Rican voters are now the largest group of eligible Latino voters in Florida. Florida has voted for the winner in the past six presidential elections, and observers are suggesting that the new, larger number of Puerto Rican voters could be an important factor in the 2020 election. Polls An EquisLabs poll of Florida Puerto Rican… Read more »

#CrisisIsland Displays the Beauty of Puerto Rico

President Trump has declared emergency status for Puerto Rico in response to Tropical Storm Laura. The U.S. territory has coped with hurricanes, earthquakes, a pandemic, and ongoing economic crisis over a period of years. Puerto Rico had opened for tourists, but then saw a spike in local transmission of the COVID-19 virus and put restrictions… Read more »

Voters in Florida’s 7th District to Choose Between Two Pro-Statehood Candidates

Republican primary voters in Florida’s Seventh Congressional District have chosen Dr. Leo Valentín to take on incumbent Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy (D-FL) in the general election on November 3. Valentín’s victory sets up a  choice between two candidates that have come out strongly in favor of Puerto Rico statehood. They will be joined on the ballot… Read more »

Pierluisi, Delgado to Face off in Race for Governor

Puerto Rico’s primary was marred by a lack of ballots at many polling places, but the process was completed on Sunday, and a clear result has been announced. New Progressive Party Pedro Pierluisi, former Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico, is the candidate for Governor of Puerto Rico for the PNP, the pro-statehood party. The current… Read more »

New Coronavirus Restrictions Announced in Puerto Rico

Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced announced new restrictions to contain the spread of COVID-19 in Puerto Rico. Travelers Under current restrictions, Puerto Rico is allowing travelers to visit the Island, but with strict requirements: Visitors must show negative test results for COVID-19. Tests must have been conducted within 72 hours before arrival. Travelers without test results will… Read more »