stluciatimes, caribbean, caribbeannews, stlucia, saintlucia, stlucianews, saintlucianews, stluciatimesnews, saintluciatimes, stlucianewsonline, saintlucianewsonline, st lucia news online, stlucia news online, loop news, loopnewsbarbados


COVID-19: PAHO Director Says Pandemic ‘Still With Us’


With the Americas region reporting more than 178,000 new cases last week, the Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has declared that the COVID-19 pandemic is “still with us.”

Yet, Dr. Carissa Etienne told a press briefing on Wednesday that falling trends globally, and in the Americas are an encouraging sign.

“We may be transitioning from the acute phase of the pandemic into a phase of sustained control,” Etienne observed.

“This is only possible if we continue to rely on testing and increase vaccination rates in every country,” the PAHO Director noted.

According to Etienne, over 70% of people in Latin America and the Caribbean have obtained full COVID-19 vaccination coverage.

Nevertheless, she explained that while this is positive news, it hides the fact that over half of Member States are short of that target.

Etienne also observed that ten countries and territories have yet to reach the 40% mark.

She said PAHO is working with countries to ensure everyone can access vaccines.

“And we continue to call on all countries to work diligently to improve vaccination rates, especially among the most vulnerable, and to strengthen epidemiological surveillance,” the PAHO Director stated.


Any third-party or user posts, comments, replies, and third-party entries published on the St. Lucia Times website ( in no way convey the thoughts, sentiments or intents of St. Lucia Times, the author of any said article or post, the website, or the business. St. Lucia Times is not responsible or liable for, and does not endorse, any comments or replies posted by users and third parties, and especially the content therein and whether it is accurate. St. Lucia Times reserves the right to remove, screen, edit, or reinstate content posted by third parties on this website or any other online platform owned by St. Lucia Times (this includes the said user posts, comments, replies, and third-party entries) at our sole discretion for any reason or no reason, and without notice to you, or any user. For example, we may remove a comment or reply if we believe it violates any part of the St. Lucia Criminal Code, particularly section 313 which pertains to the offence of Libel. Except as required by law, we have no obligation to retain or provide you with copies of any content you as a user may post, or any other post or reply made by any third-party on this website or any other online platform owned by St. Lucia Times. All third-parties and users agree that this is a public forum, and we do not guarantee any confidentiality with respect to any content you as a user may post, or any other post or reply made by any third-party on this website. Any posts made and information disclosed by you is at your own risk.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here


Subscribe to our St. Lucia Times Newsletter

Get our headlines emailed to you every day.

Share via