Dr. Carissa Etienne, Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), has appealed to the G7 countries to give Latin America and the Caribbean countries preferred attention following their promise to donate one billion vaccine doses to countries in need.
Dr. Etienne said only 10 percent of Latin America and the Caribbean people had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
At the same time, she said vaccine acceptance is high in the region.
“I also want to emphasize that timing is key. Vaccines are urgently needed today, so we urge G7 countries not to delay their donations. As we’ve said before, the Americas are ready to distribute doses as quickly as they arrive. Those countries that are suffering the most should be at the front of the line,” she asserted.
Additionally, she called for the ramping up of efforts to manufacture vaccines.
More than 1.1 million COVID-19 cases and 31,000 deaths were recently reported in the Americas, including the United States and Canada.
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Edited by Jesus Chan
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