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COVID-19 continues to surge through the Americas, PAHO Director reports - Apr 7, 2021 - 8:39:32 PM

“COVID infections continue to surge throughout the Americas,” with more than 1.3 million new cases and 37,000 deaths reported in the region in the last week while cases rise in nearly every country in South America, Pan American Health Organization Director Carissa F. Etienne said today.

“In areas of Bolivia and Colombia, cases have doubled in the last week...
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Barbados receives the first COVID-19 vaccines through the COVAX Facility - Apr 6, 2021 - 7:35:37 PM

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Barbados today received 33,600 doses of COVID-19 vaccines through the COVAX Facility, a global effort between the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance Gavi, UNICEF, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

The arrival marks a historic step toward ensuring the equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines worldwide, in the largest vaccine procurement and supply operation in history...
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The Bahamas receives the first COVID-19 vaccines through the COVAX Facility - Mar 31, 2021 - 2:30:11 PM


- The Bahamas today received 33,600 doses of COVID-19 vaccines through the COVAX Facility, a global effort between the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance Gavi, UNICEF, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

The arrival marks a historic step toward ensuring the equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines worldwide...

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32 countries and territories in the Americas have detected infection by one of three ‘variants of concern’ - Mar 26, 2021 - 11:30:32 AM

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said 32 countries and territories in the Americas have reported the presence of at least one of the three “variants of concern” of the virus that causes COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, according to a new Epidemiological Update.
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These variants may increase transmissibility of the virus, increase its virulence, or decrease the effectiveness of public health...
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Diagnosis of new TB cases in the Americas reduced by 15-20% during 2020 due to the pandemic - Mar 24, 2021 - 11:56:33 AM


On World Tuberculosis (TB) Day, observed today, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) warned that diagnosis of new cases of the disease in the Americas declined by 15% to 20% during 2020 compared to the previous year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The reduction jeopardizes progress toward ending TB in the region.
 
"TB continues to take a devastating toll on the world, and it is unacceptable that people...
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PAHO Director warns of COVID-19 surge in the Americas - Mar 23, 2021 - 2:50:35 PM

Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director Carissa F. Etienne applauded the arrival of over 2.2 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines procured through COVAX but warned that the virus is surging dangerously in many countries in the region.

COVAX, the global alliance to ensure equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines, has helped deliver over 2.2 million doses to the region so far...
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COVID-19 vaccine rollout expanded in the Americas, PAHO Director reports - Mar 10, 2021 - 8:13:19 PM

PAHO Director Carissa F. Etienne welcomed the expansion of the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines in the Americas and reported that PAHO is working closely with member countries to “accelerate access” throughout the region.
 
The Bahamas has received its first COVID-19 vaccines, due to the Indian government’s donation of 20,000 doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine...
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PAHO Director urges “leaving no one behind” in digital transformation of public health - Feb 23, 2021 - 12:05:20 PM

(PAHO) Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director Carissa F. Etienne today called on health ministers and officials in the Americas to work toward eight goals in the digital transformation of public health, including achieving universal connectivity.
 
“We need to take a fresh look at public health, one that is much more holistic and inclusive, that considers new critical factors for the success of interventions...
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PAHO Director calls for equitable access as new vaccines cleared for delivery - Feb 17, 2021 - 3:14:34 PM

With COVAX delivery of new vaccines expected soon in the Americas, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director Carissa F. Etienne called for overcoming barriers to ensure “fair and equitable access.”
 
“As we start delivering COVAX vaccines, and as we prepare for the steep scale-up ahead, we must be guided by our vision of fair and equitable access...
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PAHO: COVID-19 cases in the Americas rose 14% since Jan. 15, but increase is lower than previous period - Feb 11, 2021 - 5:20:33 PM

(PAHO)  A new epidemiological update by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) on COVID-19 documents a 14% increase in cases and a 14% rise in deaths from Jan. 15 to Feb. 8. This increase, however, is lower than in the period from Dec. 11 to Jan. 15.

The document includes a summary of the regional situation and guidance for countries in the region...
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PAHO urges countries to improve readiness to roll out COVID-19 vaccines - Feb 9, 2021 - 9:30:10 AM

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is urging countries in the Americas to make sure they are prepared to roll out COVID-19 vaccines. Information provided voluntarily to PAHO by countries shows important advances, but some gaps remain.
 
Key areas for a successful vaccine roll out include the development of national vaccination plans, establishment of expedited regulatory processes, preparation of health workers...
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PAHO Director warns that damage from COVID-19 disproportionately impacts women - Feb 3, 2021 - 5:06:56 PM

PAHO Director Carissa F. Etienne warned that the health, social and economic effects of COVID-19 are disproportionately impacting women and called for heightened attention to the pandemic’s gender disparities.

“To overcome this pandemic, countries must recognize and respond to the gender dynamics of this outbreak,” Etienne said today in a media briefing. “This starts with ensuring that women and girls can access the health services they need – especially during this time of crisis...
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PAHO donates oxygen cylinders and supplies to Manaus, Brazil - Feb 1, 2021 - 7:09:21 PM

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) donated 4,600 oximeters last week to the Amazonas State Health Department and to the Manaus Municipal Health Department. These devices help monitor the health conditions of patients with COVID-19.

PAHO has also sent 45 oxygen cylinders to supply health facilities in the state and 1,500 thermometers to take patients’ temperatures...
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Countries in the Americas notified of first COVID-19 vaccine allocations through COVAX - Jan 31, 2021 - 4:07:22 PM

COVAX, a coalition led by WHO and Gavi to ensure equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines, has notified countries in the Americas of the estimated dose allocation for the first phase of vaccine delivery in a letter to health authorities, the Pan American Health Organization reported today. Thirty-six of the countries and territories participating in COVAX received letters about the estimated number of doses of AstraZeneca vaccine that they could be receiving from the second half of February through the second quarter of 2021...
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Three variants of the COVID-19 virus found in 14 countries in the Americas, PAHO reports - Jan 28, 2021 - 2:44:01 PM

Three new variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which are raising concerns about possible heightened spread and severity of COVID-19, have been detected in 14 countries in the Americas, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) reported in a new Epidemiological Update.
 
“Mutations are an expected part of the spread of any virus,” said PAHO Incident Manager Sylvain Aldighieri...
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PAHO launches app that helps health workers use PPE more effectively - Jan 28, 2021 - 9:14:22 AM

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) today launched MedPPE, a mobile application that provides detailed information on the personal protective equipment that health personnel should use to guard against COVID-19, depending on their role and workplace.

MedPPE emphasizes the role and timing of health workers' jobs and offers specific information to prevent the spread of COVID-19...
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With the Americas failing to control coronavirus, many hospitals are at or close to capacity, PAHO director says - Jan 19, 2021 - 5:15:41 PM

“We must intensify public health interventions to limit exposure to this virus”
Washington, D.C., January 19, 2021 (PAHO)— The Region of the Americas must intensify public health interventions on social distancing, limiting gatherings, wearing masks and hand washing to limit exposure to the COVID-19 pandemic, Pan American Health Organization Director Carissa F. Etienne said today.
 
“Our region, and our world, is failing to control coronavirus. In far too many places public policies are not congruent...
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PAHO Director says new variants and acceleration of virus make continuing public health measures urgent - Jan 13, 2021 - 6:49:26 PM

The appearance of new variants of the COVID-19 virus in several countries of the Americas, combined with an acceleration in the virus’s spread in virtually every country in the Americas, makes it critical to continue public health measures such as social distancing, wearing masks, and washing hands often, Pan American Health Organization Director Carisa F. Etienne said today...
 
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South America free of smoking in public places, PAHO announces - Jan 8, 2021 - 1:47:53 PM

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) today congratulated Paraguay for banning smoking of lit or electronic tobacco products in enclosed public spaces as well as crowded outdoor places. With this decree, Paraguay joined the rest of South American countries in establishing smoke-free environments in indoor public spaces and workplaces as mandated by the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). 
“This is a great achievement for the people of Paraguay,” said PAHO Director Carissa F. Etienne...
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COVID-19 pandemic swept through the Americas in 2020 - Dec 30, 2020 - 11:12:44 PM

The COVID-19 pandemic swept through every country in the Americas in 2020, infecting more than 35 million people and causing some 850,000 deaths. Globally, COVID-19 affected 216 countries and territories, causing more than 80 million cases and 1.7 million deaths worldwide. The Americas was the most affected continent in a context of large inequities.
 
Pan American Health Organization Director Carissa F. Etienne called it “the most extraordinary public health event of our lifetimes,” and said the work to control the pandemic in 2021...
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