COVID-19: Countries In The Americas Urged To Act As Cases Rise

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Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director, Carissa F. Etienne, has called on countries in the Americas to prepare to cope with a potential influx of COVID-19 patients.

Etienne called on the countries to increase surveillance, public health measures, and vaccination.

She spoke against a 27.2 percent COVID-19 surge throughout the region over the past week.

“Last week, our region reported more than 918,000 cases,” the Director said in a media briefing on Wednesday.

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Etienne disclosed that COVID-19 hospitalisations increased in 18 countries, and admissions to Intensive Care Units rose in 13 countries and territories.

Following a period of lower transmission, the PAHO Director highlighted that many countries had abandoned public health measures such as mask-wearing and social distancing.

But with only 14 of the 51 countries and territories in the Americas reaching the World Health Organization (WHO) goal of 70% vaccination coverage, Etienne asserted that far too many people remain unprotected.

She noted that vaccination coverage is particularly low in some countries among those at risk of severe disease, including the elderly, pregnant women, and people with preexisting conditions.

And the PAHO Director declared that each country is only as protected as the most vulnerable in their population.

“It is time to take stock of these numbers and act. COVID-19 is again on the rise in the Americas,” Etienne told Wednesday’s news briefing.

“The better prepared our health systems are, the less lives we lose and the stronger and more resilient our societies become,” she explained.


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  1. Everyone has an opinion – to each, his own – facts are facts and can’t get away from it. So what some are saying is ‘they are some of the fortunate Super Human’ in the World and are immune to Bullets of infection of any kind; well good luck to you, I’ve seen the Movie. What did sounded funny to me was the Newscast, that something new is on the Market, don’t laugh, its called, wait for it, MONKEY FLU. I would really like to know, what Bubble you’re living in, seriously. Now let me inform you and many others that this Mystic lives in a Bubble only covered by the Blood of the Holy one, would you like to know?

  2. We the unvaccinated have survived the worst of the pandemic. Why now should we vaccinate? Has natural immunity suddenly disappeared from your vocabulary? Well I am old school and I follow the science – we all have been exposed to the virus and natural immunity has kicked in, hence the reason for our doing a loooot better. Thank you but no thanks.


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