“We must always intensify public successfully being interventions to limit exposure to this virus”
Washington, D.C., January 19, 2021 (PAHO)— The Plan of the Americas must always intensify public successfully being interventions on social distancing, limiting gatherings, sporting masks and hand washing to limit exposure to the COVID-19 pandemic, Pan American Health Organization Director Carissa F. Etienne stated today.
Our area, and our world, is failing to control coronavirus. In some distance too many locations public insurance policies are no longer congruent with the severity of the situation. And many of us have relaxed the control measures that we all know work, which have helped us stop wholesome and support hospitals purposeful up to now.”
Etienne stated, “I’m particularly concerned for the following few weeks. All the method by our area, particularly in North and South The us, many hospitals are operating at or very close to capability.” She cited excessive occupancy rates of intensive care objects, oxygen shortages in some areas, and absence of capability to take care of the bustle of up to date infections due to the “sustained direct in situations.”
She principal that “In the ultimate week we saw more than 2.5 million unique situations of COVID-19 in the area of the Americas – more than half of of all international infections. In the same duration, 42,000 of us from the Americas have lost their lives to the pandemic.”
“We must always intensify public successfully being interventions to limit exposure to this virus. Social distancing, limiting gatherings and the consistent use of masks in public settings and frequent hand washing are our splendid possible hope for reducing the sort of COVID-19 infections trusty now,” Etienne stated.
Vaccines for COVID-19 will abet save lives and “lastly stop the pandemic,” she stated, “but we are additionally aware that there aren’t but sufficient doses to enact a visual affect on transmission at this point in the short term. Currently, the doses out there for use are very restricted and will dwell in short present true by the keep of residing.”
PAHO is working to abet countries prepare to vaccinate their populations and is supporting the COVAX mechanism to fabricate vaccines out there in all countries in the Americas, she stated. The PAHO Revolving Fund “will play a key position on this direction of,” helping the countries produce vaccines, syringes, chilly chain equipment and other affords for vaccine offer.
National vaccine deployment plans were prepared by 18 countries, and 23 countries have completed a Vaccine Readiness Evaluation, Etienne explained.
“For PAHO, a winning vaccine introduction must always no longer merely be measured by its timeline but by the lens of fairness. We must always no longer let vaccination campaigns smash along the traces of inequity that have marked the successfully being of our area,” she stated.
“Vaccine rollouts would possibly perchance aloof prioritize these at threat – cherish the successfully being workers at the frontlines of our response, the elderly and these with pre-existing stipulations. They would possibly perchance aloof additionally prioritize disenfranchised populations that in general warfare to entry the care they need,” Etienne added.