HEALTH/FOOD

PAHO Director Says Maintaining COVID-19 Protocol Is Crucial

The Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Dr. Carissa Etienne, has again appealed to people across the Caribbean region to ensure that they take the vaccine.

“I am a medical doctor, wife, mother and grandmother. I could not wait to get my vaccination, I was so anxious for the wellbeing of myself and my 95-year-old mother,” Dr. Etienne said.

She reemphasized the fact that the COVID-19 vaccine is safe and is the best defense against the virus.

“Please don’t delay, get vaccinated today. COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective and they’re the best way to protect ourselves, our families, and our communities from this virus,” she said.

The director reported that the rise in infections appears to be slowing down in places hit earliest by the Omicron variant.

In the Caribbean, deaths have more than doubled in Cuba, the Bahamas, and Antigua and Barbuda, while other islands, including Martinique and Guadeloupe, are seeing the virus spread rapidly among young and unvaccinated populations.

“These trends show that we must continue to sustain every part of our COVID response,” Dr. Etienne said. “Vaccinations, testing, and continuing public health measures like mask-wearing and social distancing remain crucial.”

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Edited by Jesus Chan

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