The complete vaccination rate against the Covid-19 reached 39% in Latin America and the Caribe, said Wednesday the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), which sounded the alarm on the nations furthest behind.
Six countries in the region do not reach the 20% of its immunized population, indicated at a press conference Carissa Etienne, Director of PAHO.
These are Guatemala and Nicaragua on Central America, and Haiti, Jamaica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines In the Caribbean.
In these nations vaccination against Covid-19 it was limited by an uneven distribution of doses and specific problems.
On Guatemala, for example, the shortage of syringes delayed immunization campaigns, while in Haiti logistical difficulties weigh. In addition, throughout the Caribe people’s reluctance to get vaccinated remains very high, according to 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 meet or exceed “that goal, Etienne said.
The OPS indicated that reported infections and deaths are declining overall in the Las Americas region. Americas, 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 the national average. Belize and Barbados have reported a high number of cases in the Caribe.
On South America Infections continue to decline, but have increased in the metropolitan area of Caracas and in southern areas of Chile.