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The director of the Pan American Health Organization said it was "unacceptable" that only 10% of people in Latin America and the Caribbean were vaccinated against COVID-19.

The director of the Pan American Health Organization said it was “unacceptable” that only 10% of people in Latin America and the Caribbean were vaccinated against COVID-19.

Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director Carissa Etienne (Photo: EFE/Erik S. Lesser/File)

Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Carissa Etienne, despite the fact that in recent weeks there has been a “relief” of the virus in the countries of the northern hemisphere, For most US countries, “the end of the pandemic is still a long way off”.

What is more, They expressed that it is “unacceptable” that only 1 in 10 people in Latin America and the Caribbean are vaccinated against COVID-19..

Delta type of highly contagious coronavirus It has been detected mostly in travelers across America and its community transmission has been limited, he asserted, for his part, Jairo Mendes RicoAdviser on emerging viral diseases at the Pan American Health Organization.

However, Cerro Ugarte, director of health emergencies at the Pan American Health Organization, expressed that countries with a large number of variables of concern should make the decision about Significantly limit travel or close your borders.

In another order, Etienne said hurricane season in the Caribbean and winter in the Southern Hemisphere come during the recovery of COVID-19 cases in America, which It could exacerbate the coronavirus pandemic in the region.

Passengers at Arturo Merino Benitez Airport in Santiago (Chile) (Photo: EFE / Alberto Valdés / File)
Passengers at Arturo Merino Benitez Airport in Santiago (Chile) (Photo: EFE / Alberto Valdés / File)

And America added, last week, the region most affected by the virus 1.1 million injuries and 300,000 deaths Related, numbers that Etienne indexed as “amazing.”

“This year’s hurricane season comes during a worsening outbreak in the Caribbean and Central America,” Etienne commented in a virtual press conference.

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The doctor ordered states b Consider equipping hospitals and expanding shelters To reduce the potential for coronavirus transmission, he said, social distancing and proper ventilation will become difficult in the course of a storm.

Etienne warned that “this year’s flu season comes at a time when Covid-19 infections are rising significantly, but public health measures are much less stringent.”

(With information from Reuters)

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