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Latin American And Caribbean – Receive Over 1.3 Billion Doses Of COVID-19 Vaccines

More than 1.3 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Latin American and Caribbean member countries in less than two years. PAHO Director, Dr. Jarbas Barbosa da Silva Jr., said the doses have enabled the region to achieve approximately 71 percent coverage against the virus. “This is not a small feat. The Americas […]


Potential Measles Outbreaks In The Caribbean

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has issued an alert, urging countries of the Americas, including the Caribbean, to update their response plans to prevent the re-establishment of endemic transmission of measles. This follows a reduction in childhood vaccination coverage, increasing the possibility for outbreaks of this disease. According to PAHO’s Technical Advisory Group on vaccines, the region’s risk of […]


PAHO Continues To Partner With Member States To Boost Take-Up Of Vaccines

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) continues to partner with member countries having low COVID-19 immunization coverage, to boost the take-up of vaccines. PAHO Director, Dr. Carissa Etienne, who notes that there are adequate doses available “to meet demand everywhere in our region”, says the organization has been collaborating with stakeholders in planning and implementing national vaccine delivery strategies. “We […]


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 […]


PAHO Sets Goal of 70 Percent Vaccination Rate By Mid-2022

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is looking to facilitate the vaccination of at least 70 percent of the collective population of Latin American and Caribbean member countries against the coronavirus (COVID-19) by mid-2022. Director, Dr. Carissa Etienne, who notes that more than 60 percent of people in these states have been fully immunized, says PAHO’s Revolving Fund will shortly […]


PAHO Director Calls For Rapid Antigen Tests

Dr. Carissa Etienne, Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has called for countries to prioritize rapid antigen tests for those with COVID-19 symptoms and who are most at risk of spreading the virus. She said it was necessary with COVID-19 surging throughout the Americas and demand for diagnostics at its highest. Dr. Etienne told Wednesday’s weekly news conference […]


PAHO — Need To Speed Up Vaccine To Under Developed Countries

With 20 countries yet to reach the World Health Organization’s year-end vaccination target of 40 percent, and the Omicron variant now detected in six countries in the region, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director Dr Carissa Etienne says accelerating access to vaccines will be key to protecting populations, particularly the most vulnerable. “The arrival of a new variant doesn’t necessarily […]


PAHO Director Urged Citizens “Not To Be Frightened”

Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Dr. Carissa Etienne, says the entity has been in touch with Health Ministers of Member countries to share details about the new coronavirus (COVID-19) variant – Omicron – and will continue to provide updates and guidance when available. Omicron has been designated a variant of interest by the World Health Organization (WHO). […]


PAHO Selects Two Entities For Regional Manufacturing Platform

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has selected two of 30 applicants, to date, for participation in the entity’s regional manufacturing platform. This initiative aims to forge alliances to accelerate vaccine and other critical health technology research, development, and manufacturing in the Americas. PAHO Director, Dr. Carissa Etienne, said that the entities – public producer Bio-Manguinhos Institute of Technology on […]


PAHO Makes School Reopening Recommendations

PAHO Director Dr. Carissa Etienne said this approach should take into consideration the local epidemiological situation, which can change rapidly. Dr. Etienne said before reopening schools, countries must ensure institutions can maintain COVID-19 prevention and infection control measures, including physical distancing, hand hygiene, and mask-wearing. She noted that PAHO has developed guidelines for reopening schools and is working with member […]