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Carissa F Etienne said: “Adults of all ages – including young people – are becoming seriously ill. Many of them are dying,” External link

paho Wednesday, May 5, 2021 7:57:00 PM CEST

Carissa F Etienne said: “In some areas of the U.S., more people in their 20s are now being hospitalized for COVID-19 than people in their 70s,” External link

paho Wednesday, May 5, 2021 7:57:00 PM CEST

Carissa F Etienne noted: “For much of the pandemic, our hospitals were filled with elderly COVID patients, many of whom had pre-existing conditions that made them more susceptible to severe disease,” “But look around intensive care units across our region today. You’ll see they’re filled not only with elderly patients, but also with younger people” External link

paho Wednesday, May 5, 2021 7:57:00 PM CEST

Carissa F Etienne said: “But we also can’t expand ICU capacity indefinitely. There are simply not enough health workers to hire and train in time. Which points us back to the best option: we must all recommit to a comprehensive response grounded in prevention and maintain health care for COVID-19 and other conditions,” External link

paho Wednesday, May 5, 2021 7:57:00 PM CEST

Carissa F Etienne told: “Hospitalizations are at an all-time high in Costa Rica, and we expect more patients will require care as the country reported a 50% jump in cases in the last week,” External link

paho Wednesday, April 28, 2021 8:09:00 PM CEST

Carissa F Etienne said: “PAHO is orienting our countries to plan on coping with sudden increases in the consumption of critical inputs such as oxygen, intubation drugs, personal protective equipment and infusion pumps.,” External link

paho Wednesday, April 28, 2021 8:09:00 PM CEST

Carissa F Etienne said: “Thanks to these efforts, our region has administered nearly every COVAX dose it has received thus far,” “Our region has demonstrated that it can successfully distribute COVID vaccines quickly and effectively” External link

paho Wednesday, April 28, 2021 8:09:00 PM CEST

Carissa F Etienne said: “In the next few weeks, countries will receive their second COVAX shipments,” “And while doses remain limited, most countries will see a considerable increase in doses from the first wave” External link

paho Wednesday, April 28, 2021 8:09:00 PM CEST

Jarbas Barbosa said: “Yet the pursuit of accelerating access, while safeguarding the safety, effectiveness and quality of the products, created tensions and pressures within national regulatory authorities,” External link

paho Monday, April 26, 2021 9:01:00 PM CEST

Jarbas Barbosa said: “The Region of the Americas has made great progress in strengthening national regulatory authorities over the past decade, but work must continue,” “Strengthening regulatory systems takes time and commitment, and requires national leadership for sustainability” External link

paho Monday, April 26, 2021 9:01:00 PM CEST

Carissa F Etienne said: "We are happy to collaborate with Cartoon Network Latin America in this key initiative of reaching out to children in the Americas as part of our campaign to educate the public on preventing the spread of Zika virus infection," External link

paho Thursday, April 15, 2021 7:38:00 PM CEST

Marita Perceval said: "This campaign is a great opportunity to engage children and let them contribute to the solution" External link

paho Thursday, April 15, 2021 7:38:00 PM CEST

Carissa F Etienne warned: “We are not acting like a region in the midst of a worsening outbreak,” External link

paho Wednesday, April 14, 2021 8:43:00 PM CEST

Anselm Hennis said: “This study demonstrates that harmful use of alcohol in the Americas is a major public health priority,” External link

paho Monday, April 12, 2021 5:04:00 PM CEST

Anselm Hennis said: “The policies promoted by PAHO are the key to preventing death, diseases and social problems related to alcohol,” “Another simple but powerful measure is to limit the hours of alcohol sales and reduce the concentration of outlets that sell alcohol in a community” External link

paho Monday, April 12, 2021 5:04:00 PM CEST

Carissa F Etienne noted: “because of the global limitations on manufacturing vaccines, it has been difficult for our region to gain access to the vaccines we need to immunize our populations. Vaccine production for approved COVID19 vaccines needs to increase worldwide, because none of us will be safe until all are safe” “Current progress is far from reaching the coverage necessary to protect the most vulnerable groups, about 20% of the population, to reduce the high mortality in our Region,” External link

paho Friday, April 9, 2021 9:19:00 PM CEST

Carissa F Etienne said: “Attaining vaccine equity and distributing as many vaccines as possible to as many people as possible is our current goal,” External link

paho Friday, April 9, 2021 9:19:00 PM CEST

Carissa F Etienne noted: “because of the global limitations on manufacturing vaccines, it has been difficult for our region to gain access to the vaccines we need to immunize our populations. Vaccine production for approved COVID19 vaccines needs to increase worldwide, because none of us will be safe until all are safe” “Current progress is far from reaching the coverage necessary to protect the most vulnerable groups, about 20% of the population, to reduce the high mortality in our Region,” External link

paho Friday, April 9, 2021 7:49:00 PM CEST

Carissa F Etienne said: “Attaining vaccine equity and distributing as many vaccines as possible to as many people as possible is our current goal,” External link

paho Friday, April 9, 2021 7:49:00 PM CEST

Carissa F Etienne said: “The unprecedented pandemic has brought existing social and economic inequalities to the fore, regrettably exacerbating them,” External link

paho Wednesday, April 7, 2021 8:11:00 PM CEST

Tedros Adhanom said: “The COVID-19 pandemic has thrived amid the inequalities in our societies and the gaps in our health systems,” External link

paho Wednesday, April 7, 2021 8:11:00 PM CEST

Carissa F Etienne said: “All countries should be on high alert: in this pandemic, complacency leads to more cases,” External link

paho Wednesday, March 31, 2021 9:11:00 PM CEST

Frank Anthony said: “The Government of Guyana welcomes the arrival of vaccines from COVAX AMC. These vaccines will certainly help to expand the current vaccination efforts and assist in protecting many persons who are vulnerable to COVID-19. We will like to extend our gratitude to COVAX, PAHO/WHO, UNICEF and the UN family for their efforts in securing these vaccines for Guyana. These vaccines will definitely help to accelerate our efforts to reach herd immunity in a timely manner,” External link

paho Monday, March 29, 2021 10:36:00 PM CEST

Carissa F Etienne said: “We need to uphold our commitments to reduce the burden of TB in our region and around the world,” “If there’s one thing I hope we take from this pandemic, it’s an appreciation for the power of health – and how good health is central to the wellbeing of societies” External link

paho Wednesday, March 24, 2021 4:59:00 PM CET

Carissa F Etienne warned: “the COVID-19 virus is not receding, nor is the pandemic starting to go away,” External link

paho Tuesday, March 23, 2021 7:35:00 PM CET

Carissa F Etienne said: “In Paraguay, a majority of ICU beds are occupied, and the health system is buckling under the pressure,” External link

paho Tuesday, March 23, 2021 7:35:00 PM CET

Carissa F Etienne said: “straining hospital bed capacity due to the influx of patients,” External link

paho Tuesday, March 23, 2021 7:35:00 PM CET

Carissa F Etienne said: “What I’ve just described is an active public health emergency,” External link

paho Tuesday, March 23, 2021 7:35:00 PM CET

Carissa F Etienne said: “The doses that were delivered are helping us start to protect health workers and other vulnerable communities, and we expect more doses to arrive every week,” External link

paho Tuesday, March 23, 2021 7:35:00 PM CET

Socorro Gross says: “This is a big step toward saving lives, stopping the spread of COVID-19, and getting back to the new normal. We will continue to work day and night, together with Brazil's health authorities and partners, to make more vaccines available and to help in all things related to vaccination and strengthening public health measures, so that we all can fight COVID-19 together. If everyone does their part, we will come out of this pandemic sooner and stronger” External link

paho Monday, March 22, 2021 6:45:00 PM CET

Florence Bauer says: "The arrival of this first batch of vaccines, and the ones that will be delivered throughout the year, is a hope for everyone, including children and adolescents. Although they are not the most directly affected by COVID-19, and cannot yet be vaccinated, they greatly suffer from the consequences of the crisis caused by the pandemic, with profound impacts on education, mental health, protection from violence, and food security. Expanding adult vaccination is an important step towards controlling the pandemic and beginning to reimagine a better, safer and healthier future for everyone, especially children, adolescents and their families," External link

paho Monday, March 22, 2021 6:45:00 PM CET

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