The director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, Wednesday said that several Latin America and the Caribbean countries are on track to reach the World Health Organization (WHO) COVID-19 vaccination target of 40 per cent before the end of the year.
She said six countries, including Jamaica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Haiti, have yet to vaccinate 20 per cent of their populations.
The Dominican-born PAHO director, also introduced three possible scenarios for the future of the pandemic, highlighting also that while the overall vaccination rate in Latin America and the Caribbean currently stands at 39 per cent “in far too many places, coverage is much lower.”
“Six countries in our region have yet to reach 20 per cent of their populations: These are Jamaica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Haiti in the Caribbean, and Guatemala and Nicaragua in Central America,” she added.
She said as more vaccine doses are making their way to the region, countries must “make the necessary preparations so these doses can be used as quickly as possible”.
PAHO is working to accelerate vaccine deliveries to the Region, including COVAX-procured and donated doses. In the past few days, PAHO worked to fast-track the delivery of 1.3 million vaccine doses donated by Spain, Germany, the United States and Canada, which will be used to boost coverage in Honduras, Guyana, Argentina, and Jamaica.