HEALTH: The Majority Of Countries In The Americas Will Reach The COVID-19 Vaccine Target By The End Of The Year

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Jamaica. St. Lucia and St. Vincent and Grenadines, Haiti and Guatemala are behind. PAHO will accelerate vaccine delivery to the most vulnerable countries.

Washington, D.C. October 12, 2021 (PAHO) – Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director, Carissa F. Etienne, said that while Latin America and the Caribbean is on track to reach the WHO COVID-19 vaccination target of 40% before the end of the year, six countries have yet to vaccinate 20% of their populations.

The Director of PAHO also suggested three scenarios for the future pandemic.

The Director of the PAHO highlighted that although the overall vaccination rate in Latin America is 39%,, “in far too many areas, coverage is much lower .”

Six countries in our region have yet their populations: Jamaica, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and Grenadines in the Caribbean and Guatemala and Nicaragua, Central America,” she said.

As more vaccines make their way into the region, countries need to “make the necessary preparations so that these doses can as quickly as possible.”

PAHO works to speed up vaccine deliveries to the region, including COVAX-procured or donated doses. PAHO has been working to accelerate the delivery of the 1.3 million vaccines that have been donated by Canada, Spain, Germany, and the United States. This will allow for greater coverage in Honduras and Guyana as well as Argentina and Jamaica.

The organization is also ready to receive COVAX as well as bilateral shipments to Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Jamaica.

The Director of PAHO called on countries to train and hire health workers in order to speed up the administration of vaccines. He also urged that countries reduce hesitancy and equip all levels with the necessary tools to help patients understand vaccine benefits and answer their questions.

“To be effective, vaccine campaign must be designed around individual needs of the population,” said the Director. She gave examples from Belize, where COVID vaccines have been promoted in public spaces such as buses and markets. Small cash transfers in Bolivia have encouraged more pregnant women to become vaccinated. In Brazil, vaccine champions are key to encouraging vaccination.

Dr. Etienne said that the trajectory of the pandemic remains highly uncertain but PAHO has developed three possible scenarios, which depend on the implementation of public health measures and vaccination coverage:

Continued high rates of community transmission due to low vaccination coverage and insufficient public health and social measures.

Periodic spikes of transmission due to a decline in vaccine coverage or slippages in public health and social care.

Reduced deaths and hospitalizations due to high vaccination coverage and consistent public health and social care.

” The actions we take in the next three months will save lives, make use of supplies, and help to determine our outlook for 2022,”.

In the last week, the Americas reported over 1.1 million new cases and just over 24,000 COVID-related deaths.

In North America, although cases are declining overall, infections remain high at the American Midwest, Alaska and Northwest Territories of Canada.

Infections are declining in most countries of Central America, but they remain high in Belize.

In South America, the incidence of infections is also declining, although there are some exceptions.

In the Caribbean, there have been an increase in cases in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Infections in Barbados have increased fivefold over the past month.

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