COVID-19 infections proceed to surge all through the Americas, the director of the Pan American Well being Group (PAHO) stated on Wednesday, with greater than 1.3 million new instances registered this previous week and greater than 37,000 thousand deaths.
Throughout PAHO’s weekly information convention, the organisation’s director, Carissa Etienne, stated some nations within the area are seeing a rise in instances whereas others are seeing a decline, however the area as an entire continues to be closely impacted by the pandemic.
“Greater than half of all world deaths reported during the last week have been within the Americas – a sober reminder of the human toll of this pandemic,” Etienne stated.
“Over the past week, the US, Brazil and Argentina have been among the many 10 nations on the earth registering the very best variety of new infections worldwide,” she stated.
In keeping with Johns Hopkins College, the US and Brazil are the world leaders in coronavirus deaths. Greater than 556,000 folks died from COVID-19 within the US, and in Brazil greater than 336,000 have died.
Etienne stated South America is essentially the most “worrisome” area within the Americas, the place instances have been mounting in almost each nation. In Bolivia and Colombia, she stated, instances have doubled within the final week.
She added that to date, greater than 210 million COVID-19 vaccines had been administered in 49 nations and territories within the area, and a pair of.8 million vaccines via the COVAX mechanism to 26 nations.
COVAX is an initiative co-led by Gavi the Vaccine Alliance, with its companions, the World Well being Group (WHO) and Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Improvements (CEPI) to supply entry to coronavirus vaccines equitably the world over. The mechanism’s work is important for the area’s poorest nations, similar to Haiti, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.
However vaccination charges fluctuate drastically throughout the area. Whereas Chile leads with greater than 37 % of its inhabitants vaccinated, in response to Our World in Knowledge, different nations similar to Guatemala and Honduras, have vaccinated lower than 1 % of their populations.
The area’s most populated nations similar to Brazil and Mexico have additionally struggled to supply vaccines, amid a worldwide demand and restricted provides.
A number of nations have relied on vaccines from Russia, China and India.
On Wednesday, Mexican International Minister Marcelo Ebrard stated in a tweet that greater than 400,000 doses of the Chinese language single-dose vaccine CanSino have been delivered to Mexico. He stated the vaccine was given emergency approval after 15,000 Mexicans took half in trials.
Chile gave emergency approval to the CanSino vaccine on Wednesday, the nation’s well being ministry introduced in a tweet.
The PAHO information convention fell on World Well being Day, the annual day to boost consciousness on well being points and the significance of fairness in entry to well being care.
Etienne stated that the pandemic which started spreading quickly throughout the globe greater than a yr in the past, has deepened the inequities which have lengthy dogged the area.
“Successfully preventing COVID-19 is inconceivable with out addressing a few of these inequalities and supporting essentially the most weak as they battle to guard themselves,” she stated.
“On World Well being Day, we urge nations to make fairness the guiding pressure of their COVID response.”