Complete anticovid vaccination schemes reached 39% in Latin America: PAHO

The vaccination rate complete against him covid reached the 39% on Latin America and the Caribbean, indicated on Wednesday, October 13, 2021, the Pan American Health Organization (OPS), which sounded the alarm on the nations furthest behind.

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Six countries of the region do not reach 20% of its immunized population, Carissa Etienne, director of the OPS.

These are Guatemala and Nicaragua in Central America, and Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in the Caribbean.

In these nations the covid vaccination it was limited by an uneven distribution of doses and specific problems.

In Guatemala, for example, the shortage of syringes delayed drug campaigns. immunization, while in Haiti logistical difficulties weigh.

In addition, throughout the Caribe people’s reluctance to get vaccinated remains very high, according to the OPS.

Etienne considered it “encouraging” that 26 of the 51 countries and territories of the Americas already have 40% or more of their population immunized against the coronavirus.

But he insisted that some will need “special attention” to vaccinate 40% of their inhabitants by the end of the year, a goal launched last week by the World Health Organization (WHO).

“We must work together and support each other so that all the countries of the Americas can achieve or exceed” that goal, Etienne said.

The OPS indicated that recorded infections and deaths are generally declining in the Americas region, with peaks in some countries.

On USA The contagions reported in the Midwest and Alaska stand out. In the Northwest Territories of Canada, infection rates are 10 times higher than average national. Belize and Barbados reported a high number of cases in the Caribbean.

On South America the contagions, but they increased in the metropolitan area of ​​Caracas and in areas of southern Chile.

With information from AFP

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