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PAHO Director warns that vaccines alone will not stop current COVID-19 surge

PAHO Director warns that vaccines alone will not stop current COVID-19 surge

International locations file extra than 1.3 million fresh conditions within the Americas whereas practically 36,000 die from the disease in a single week.

Washington, D.C. April 14, 2021 (PAHO) – Warning that COVID-19 vaccine deliveries to the Americas web slowed, Pan American Well being Organization Director Carissa F. Etienne urged international locations to exhaust a “total technique” of not only immunization however additionally public neatly being measures to curb the surging pandemic.

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“I cannot stress this enough – for loads of international locations, vaccines are not going to stop this wave of the pandemic,” Dr. Etienne said in some unspecified time in the future of her weekly media briefing. “There are merely not enough of them on hand to provide protection to all people within the international locations at most inviting possibility.”

“Therefore, we have to stop transmission in anyway that that you would be capable of be capable of deem with the tools we have at hand. This will require total ideas to every elope up the rollout of vaccines and withhold watch over the virus the utilization of confirmed public neatly being measures,” she added, referring to carrying masks, social distancing, and hand hygiene.

More than 3 million doses delivered

Since March, PAHO’s Revolving Fund has helped insist extra than 3 million doses of COVAX-procured vaccines to 28 international locations. The Revolving Fund negotiates,  purchases, and arranges logistics for cargo of vaccines to the 36 international locations that take part in COVAX.  So a long way within the Americas, extra than 247 million COVID-19 vaccines were administered, alongside with via offers international locations made personally with vaccine producers.

But within the previous few weeks, Dr. Etienne said, constraints on producers of COVAX vaccines web slowed deliveries, and provides are not anticipated to normalize for a pair of extra weeks. “In the intervening time, we cannot count on vaccines to withhold watch over transmission,” she said.

“PAHO is dedicated to working with Member States to stable extra vaccine doses for our area as soon as they’re on hand to complement what international locations web already bought by capability of bilateral offers and via the COVAX Facility,” she said.  “We will be here for international locations at every step of the capability, providing technical make stronger to troubleshoot roadblocks, expand surveillance and show screen the protection and affect of COVID vaccines.”

Persisted pandemic surge

Dr. Etienne cautioned that the pandemic continues to surge throughout the Americas. In the previous week, extra than 1.3 million of us were contaminated with the virus and practically 36,000 of us died from the disease. “For the reason that pandemic began, 57 million conditions were reported within the Americas, with extra than 1.3 million deaths,” she said.

“We are not appearing like a area within the course of a worsening outbreak,” Dr. Etienne warned. “Despite ongoing transmission in many areas, restrictions web relaxed. Crowds are reduction, and of us are gathering indoors and taking public transportation, recurrently with out masks,” she persisted.

She said fresh, extremely transmissible variants are additionally fueling acceleration.

Describing South The US because the persevering with “epicenter,” Dr. Etienne reported that fresh COVID-19 conditions are sharply increasing in Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, and a few areas of Bolivia. Paraguay, Uruguay, Argentina, and Chile are experiencing persevering with will enhance in infections. New variants within the Guyanas web pushed a rise in conditions in French Guiana and Guyana.

New infections are increasing in Cuba, Puerto Rico, and smaller Caribbean islands similar to Curacao, Bermuda, and Aruba. Cases additionally proceed to expand in Canada.

Stable, effective COVID-19 vaccines

Dr. Etienne supplied reassurance regarding the protection of the four vaccines licensed by WHO – the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, two variations of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, and the Janssen vaccine. All web confirmed to be safe and effective. Uncommon reviews of blood clots are below review by regulatory agencies, that are anticipated to ranking suggestions soon, she said.

“In the intervening time, it’s indispensable to proceed to administer AstraZeneca vaccines where they’re on hand,” she said. “Virtually 200 million of us throughout the area web received AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine, and the reviews of negative results are very rare. These vaccines can save your existence and the lives of your associates and family.”

Dr. Etienne additionally addressed the eruption of the La Soufriere volcano in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, reporting that PAHO has deployed five public neatly being experts to respond to the emergency in coordination with the Ministry of Well being. PAHO/WHO has additionally shipped 150,000 clinical masks, different personal holding equipment, clinical provides, and check kits to the islands.


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PAHO Director warns that vaccines alone will not stop current COVID-19 surge