More than 220 million people in Latin America are without a single dose of the COVID-19 vaccine ›World› Granma

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) reported this week that 224 million people in the Americas remain without any doses of their current COVID-19 vaccines.

“We must accelerate the pace of immunization to protect the population from the worst consequences of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19,” Entity Director Carissa F Etienne stressed at a press conference. by Prensa Latina.

In the most recent PAHO report, coverage of vaccination guidelines in only 16 countries was 70 percent, and the countries most affected by the application gap were rural or hard-to-reach areas.

The directive acknowledged that “the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated inequality and led to the emergence of new cases with regard to access to medicines.”

He called for the protection of the most vulnerable, given the increase in cases of the disease last week. According to PAHO data, in North America, positives increased 7.7 percent overall in the past week, with increases in the United States and Mexico, while they decreased in Canada.

There has been a significant increase in the number of new cases in South America, where nearly half a million have been reported, representing an increase of 24.6 percent.

In the Caribbean, confirmed cases had begun to stabilize in the previous two weeks, with countries reporting a 3.2 percent increase.

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“These numbers remind us that many people are still at risk,” she stressed.

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