Washington, D.C., February 3, 2021 (PAHO) — PAHO Director Carissa F. Etienne warned that the health, social and economic results of COVID-19 are disproportionately impacting women and called for heightened consideration to the pandemic’s gender disparities.
To overcome this pandemic, countries must watch and answer to the gender dynamics of this outbreak. This starts with ensuring that women and women can safe admission to the health companies they need – critically for the period of this time of crisis. This involves gender violence hotlines and sexual and reproductive health companies, that are very vital companies.”
PAHO Director Carissa F. Etienne
Whereas males had been more likely to became sick with COVID-19 on the launch of the pandemic, those traits are reversing, Etienne stated. Now women are equally likely to kind the illness, and as well they’re more weak on many assorted fronts.
“Women, who kind up 70% of the sphere’s health workers, acquire confronted broad non-public threat to love COVID sufferers, even when that they had miniature protective tools at their disposal,” Etienne stated.
To this point, higher than 1,000,000 health workers within the Americas acquire became sick with COVID-19 and 4,000 health workers, most of them women, acquire died.
Etienne stated vital economic and social impacts of COVID-19 fall heavily on women. “Many women had been compelled to go their jobs to love his or her households for the period of this pandemic, impacting each their income and their well-being. And the continuing discontinuance-at-home measures, coupled with the added economic strains, are rising the dangers of home violence. For too many women, home is now not a stable command.”
Etienne reported that 36 of the countries and territories taking portion in COVAX, the international mechanism for equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, had been notified that higher than 35 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine are expected to launch arriving in leisurely February. Over the weekend, the countries got letters from COVAX detailing the doses that that they had been allocated.
As diminutive COVID-19 vaccines advance across our blueprint, countries must prioritize these early doses for our aged and our health workers – many of whom are women. Vaccinating health workers first is each the lawful and the very best thing to live: This can abet us attach lives, give protection to our health programs and get better our economies sooner.”
PAHO Director Carissa F. Etienne
Addressing the fresh variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19, Etienne reported that three fresh variants had been detected in 20 countries within the Americas, though their frequency is smooth diminutive. The variants acquire raised considerations about imaginable heightened transmission.
Etienne also updated the pandemic’s toll on the blueprint. Within the previous week, higher than 1.8 million participants within the Americas grew to became sick with COVID-19 and higher than 47,000 died. In North The united states, COVID-19 infections are lowering within the U.S. and Canada while in Mexico, conditions and deaths proceed to amplify.
In Central The united states, Guatemala and Honduras are continuing to file an lift in COVID-19 infections. All around the Caribbean, most nations are seeing a reprieve in infections, though elevated islands such because the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Puerto Rico and Cuba proceed to power fresh infections. Almost every country in South The united states has reported an lift in COVID-19 infections over the final week.
“On the fresh time we’re seeing that cities, provinces, and countries that had beforehand managed to govern COVID-19 outbreaks are seeing a customarily-devastating resurgence in conditions in our blueprint and previous,” Etienne stated. “This might perchance acquire to smooth abet as a lesson that keeping the virus at bay is now not a one-time effort, but a relentless commitment while transmission is smooth active.”