Genomic Surveillance Community is expanded to observe variants while bigger than 2.5 million vaccine doses procured thru COVAX approach in 17 countries.
Washington, DC, March 31, 2021 (PAHO) – Pan American Health Group Director Carissa F. Etienne acknowledged PAHO has elevated virus surveillance, vaccine procurement, and supply of tools to lend a hand countries in the Americas combat the COVID-19 pandemic. However the virus continues to deal with a heavy toll, with 19.7 million cases and 475,000 deaths reported in the first three months of 2021, she acknowledged.
“All countries ought to restful be on excessive alert: in this pandemic, complacency leads to more cases,” Dr. Etienne acknowledged all the plan thru her weekly media briefing. “We breeze our Member States to pork up surveillance and act on the first stamp that cases are rising. Don’t wait till you are overwhelmed. The risks for your of us and health programs are too excessive.”
In a hopeful stamp, “almost all of our Member States are rolling out vaccines,” she acknowledged. “As of the day prior to this, 124 million of us recognize obtained on the least one dose of vaccines in the Americas, and bigger than 58 million recognize carried out their vaccination schedules. Haiti will quickly apply suit as the first shipment from COVAX arrives in the upcoming weeks,” she acknowledged, referring to the world alliance to guarantee that equitable web entry to to vaccines.
Over the final 30 days, bigger than 2.5 million vaccine doses procured thru COVAX recognize reached 17 countries due to an effort coordinated by PAHO’s Revolving Fund, the identified procurement agent for COVAX, Dr. Etienne reported. This week, Guyana, Belize, Bahamas, and Trinidad and Tobago obtained their first shipments.
“But as we recognize a superb time progress, we can’t halt our eyes to the reality that vaccine supply continues to be our ideal subject,” she acknowledged. “A mammoth section of right here’s due to delays in manufacturing as producers breeze to scale up capability. But we are also seeing some distance too many examples of vaccine nationalism, which limits world availability even extra.”
“The most up-to-date machine is laborious-wired for inequity and that’s no longer acceptable,” she endured. “Vaccines ought to restful be on hand to all who need them, no topic the keep they’re dwelling.”
All the plan thru the first three months of 2021, PAHO has fought the pandemic on two other fronts.
PAHO has “enormously expanded” its COVID-19 Genomic Surveillance Community to name and observe variants of SARS-Cov-2, Dr. Etienne acknowledged. Twenty-one countries are genuinely taking part in the community, “giving us a significantly better recount of the variants circulating in our space.”
A minimal of certainly one of three variants of order were identified in 32 countries and territories of the Americas, in accordance to PAHO’s most up-to-date Epidemiological Update. The variants would possibly presumably maybe kind bigger transmissibility and virulence of the virus or decrease the effectiveness of public health and social measures or diagnostics, vaccines, and therapeutics, even though a lot stays to be realized about them.
Moreover, PAHO has helped salvage bigger than 3 million objects of scientific masks for regional countries. “And we are actively supporting governments daily to salvage solutions for oxygen and other supply limitations,” she acknowledged.
Serene, till vaccines are more broadly on hand, preventive measures are the gap’s only likelihood, Dr. Etienne acknowledged, urging countries to apply public health measures, equivalent to physical distancing, masks, hand hygiene, and avoiding mixing with of us from other households.
“With out preventive motion, our space would possibly presumably maybe face an upsurge even bigger than the final one,” she acknowledged. “So let me be as certain as that you just might presumably maybe presumably presumably recall to mind. My predominant steering for areas experiencing surges in transmission would possibly presumably also be summarized in two words: Care for Dwelling.”
“We all recognize a position to play in following the public health measures attach in keep to give protection to our communities,” she endured. “Right here’s how we assign lives. Right here’s how we beat COVID-19.”