Will the Americas Redouble COVID-19 Vaccinations
As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the Americas for the eighth week running, PAHO Director, Carissa F. Etienne, called on countries today to increase efforts towards achieving the World Health Organization target of 70% vaccination coverage by mid-2022.
As of June 15, 2022, sixteen PAHO countries and territories have vaccinated 70% of eligible populations, with Colombia, Bermuda, and El Salvador being close to 65%.
The U.S. CDC recently reported about 67% of the U.S. population had been 'fully vaccinated' with an Approve/Authorized COVID-19 vaccine.
However, 11 other countries have yet to reach even 40% coverage.
Based on current data, countries of the PAHO region reported more than 1.2 million new cases of COVID-19, an 11% hike from the previous week.
In the North American region, cases increased by 71% in Mexico, while the USA reported a 2% increase in hospitalizations.
And South America reported a 20% hike in cases, while the number of new infections in the Caribbean increased by 3.7%.
Central America was the only sub-region to report a downward trend, with a 32% reduction in COVID-19 cases and a 36% fall in deaths.
Since the start of COVAX in 2021, PAHO's Revolving Fund has delivered over 142 million vaccines to countries in the Americas, and thanks to the commitment of donors and governments, the region now has the necessary financial and technical support to help all countries reach the 70% target, Dr. Etienne said.
"Our priority now should be turning vaccines into immunity, ensuring that the doses we have are making it into people's arms and saving lives," Director said during a media briefing today.
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