PAHO calls for more vaccines for Latin America, with only 18% of its population fully vaccinated

The agency's director, Carissa Etienne, recalled that the Americas is now the world region with the highest incidence of Covid-19, with around 20,000 deaths and 1.2 million infected in the last week.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) called on Wednesday (4) for "urgently" donating more vaccines to Latin America and the Caribbean, where Covid-19 infections continue to increase but only 18% of the population is fully vaccinated.

The agency's director, Carissa Etienne, lamented during her weekly press conference that the continent has recently surpassed 2 million deaths from Covid-19, which is "roughly equivalent to the population of Houston" (Texas, USA).

"While some countries have immunized half of their population or more, in Latin America and the Caribbean, only 18% of the population is protected . . .

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