Covid-19 in the Americas: what you need to know today (June 16)

After more than a year without cruises due to the pandemic, this Wednesday, a ship docked on the island of Cozumel, in the Mexican Caribbean, with more than 1,000 passengers on board and all the eagerness to reactivate this type of tourism in the region.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Caribbean will not reopen if its population is not vaccinated. This is how emphatic the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, was about the need for an equitable distribution of vaccines. At the same time, the Butantan Institute identified the circulation of 19 variants of covid-19 in Brazil.

These and five other news items make up this Wednesday's key covid news in the Americas:

1. W.H.O. WARNING FOR THE CARIBBEAN

"The Caribbean cannot reopen without vaccination," said Adhanom Ghebreyesus during the virtual session of the Assembly . . .

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