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PAHO warns that the pandemic continues, but leaves its management in the hands of each country Most Important News and Analysis in Latin America DW


The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) warned on Wednesday (04.20.2022) that the coronavirus pandemic was not over and urged not to lower its guard, but acknowledged that each country could make “its own decision” regarding its management. He also praised the progress made in vaccination, but stressed that many countries have not achieved 50 percent protection of the vaccinated population.

“Each country has its own decision on how to manage the pandemic-related measures,” said PAHO director Carissa Etienne, when asked about the end of the health emergency in Brazil, Uruguay, and Paraguay. However, the official warned that the variants of anxiety “continue to circulate.”

“We could see a resurgence of cases and deaths at any time. Therefore, we must monitor the numbers very closely and be prepared to respond quickly,” he recommended. In addition, he urged people to complete their immunization schedules and continue to wear masks in enclosed and crowded spaces.

Vaccination stagnates in some areas

Regarding the vaccination, the entity stressed that both cases and deaths have decreased in the region, except in North America, and noted that 14 countries in the Americas have already been vaccinated at least 70 percent of the population. In addition, he pointed out that many countries in the region have some of the highest coverage rates in the world.

However, in some areas vaccination is slowed or blocked, such as the Caribbean, where less than 30 percent of the population is on schedule. So in Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Saint Lucia. Guatemala, Guyana and Paraguay also failed to vaccinate half of the population.

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“Currently, we have enough vaccine supplies to meet the demand throughout our region,” said Etienne, who urged countries to integrate vaccine-19 vaccines with other routine vaccines to help “families catch up on all vaccines.” Meanwhile, OPS Health Director Ciro Ugarte, meanwhile, said that “this is not the time to lower our guard,” because there is “a way out.”

DZC (EFE, AFP)

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