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Carissa F Etienne said: “Hepatitis is a serious but highly treatable disease,” “However, we are a long way from ensuring that everyone who has hepatitis is getting the services that could mean recovery for them. We cannot afford to neglect hepatitis” External link

paho Tuesday, July 27, 2021 11:36:00 PM CEST

Carissa F Etienne said: “COVID-19 will be with us for some time, and our work to bring the pandemic under control and mitigate its impacts must remain at the forefront of our efforts,” External link

paho Wednesday, July 21, 2021 10:28:00 PM CEST

Carissa F Etienne said: “The network has been instrumental in monitoring the virus’s spread within border regions and among travelers, who are often the first to introduce variants into a country,” External link

paho Wednesday, July 21, 2021 9:57:00 PM CEST

Carissa F Etienne said: “Together, and using science as a common language, countries committed to bolster their laboratory capacity, hire staff, and make surveillance a priority, building on the legacy of our region’s longstanding dengue and influenza surveillance and laboratory networks,” External link

paho Wednesday, July 21, 2021 9:57:00 PM CEST

Carissa F Etienne said: “More and more, disease trends are showing a region divided by vaccine access,” “In countries with adequate vaccine supply, infections are decreasing; in places where vaccine coverage is still low, in those countries, infections remain high” External link

paho Wednesday, July 21, 2021 9:57:00 PM CEST

Carissa F Etienne said: “These trends illustrate how COVID-19 remains entrenched within our region, particularly in countries with low vaccination coverage,” External link

paho Wednesday, July 21, 2021 9:57:00 PM CEST

Carissa F Etienne said: “COVID infections, hospitalizations and deaths are dropping across most of the continent, including in Brazil, Peru, Uruguay, and Chile,” External link

paho Wednesday, July 14, 2021 9:34:00 PM CEST

Carissa F Etienne said: “Money, more than public health, has determined how quickly countries can secure the tools they need to combat this virus,” “As countries that struck deals with vaccine manufacturers pull further ahead, vaccination coverage continues to linger in the single digits for much of our region” External link

paho Wednesday, July 14, 2021 9:34:00 PM CEST

Carissa F Etienne told: “Some countries in South and Central America, where the pandemic has hit particularly hard, have not yet been able to access enough vaccines to fully vaccinate 3% of their populations,” External link

paho Wednesday, July 7, 2021 8:49:00 PM CEST

Carissa F Etienne noted: “dose donations are helping COVAX substantially expand the availability of vaccines in the next round, with some 60 million doses coming from the United States and over 11 million from Japan, contributing to the expected allocation of some 143 million doses” “While we must rely on donations in the short-term, we are already planning for a future scenario in which more supply will be available. PAHO is mapping the demand deficit from our Member States to determine how the Revolving Fund can support countries to meet their future goals with COVID vaccines and other supplies, such as syringes and cold chain equipment,” External link

paho Wednesday, July 7, 2021 8:49:00 PM CEST

Carissa F Etienne told: “So far, PAHO has found that the impact of variants of concern on the effectiveness of vaccines for COVID-19 has been minimal,” External link

paho Wednesday, June 30, 2021 9:28:00 PM CEST

Carissa F Etienne said: “Disruptions to essential health services are still widespread across the region, with 29 countries reporting disruptions to almost half of all services,” “Despite this worrisome picture, just one in ten people in Latin American and the Caribbean have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19” External link

paho Wednesday, June 30, 2021 9:28:00 PM CEST

Carissa F Etienne said: “But we still have a lot to do to limit transmission of COVID and other respiratory diseases,” External link

paho Wednesday, June 30, 2021 9:28:00 PM CEST

Carissa F Etienne said: “These have been extremely difficult times as we have had to grapple with the world’s worst health crisis in 100 years,” External link

paho Tuesday, June 22, 2021 12:23:00 AM CEST

Carissa F Etienne told: “Will we ultimately win this war given the gaps and challenges that continue to emerge on a daily basis? I would answer, unequivocally, yes, as we have won the day many times before during our 118 years of working with you, our Member States, to improve the health and well-being of the peoples of the Americas,” External link

paho Tuesday, June 22, 2021 12:23:00 AM CEST

Carissa F Etienne affirmed: “People turn to health workers – including doctors, nurses, and community health workers – for medical advice, so we must ensure that our health workers have the information they need to answer their communities’ and their own families’ questions,” “I want to remind citizens that the vaccines authorized by WHO (World Health Organization) and delivered through COVAX have been thoroughly assessed by experts. So, when it’s your turn to get vaccinated, embrace what’s available to you and don’t delay your vaccination,” External link

paho Wednesday, June 16, 2021 10:28:00 PM CEST

Carissa F Etienne said: “Against this backdrop, we urge countries to tighten public health measures in places with high transmission,” “This is the most effective way to bring cases down until we have enough vaccines for everyone” External link

paho Wednesday, June 16, 2021 10:28:00 PM CEST

Carissa F Etienne said: “We have continued to need blood and blood products throughout this pandemic,” “But the very necessary public health measures taken to prevent infections have hindered donations. People following shelter-at-home measures have been unable to donate. Others who would like to donate have been concerned about getting infected by COVID-19 when going to blood donation facilities. In some countries, blood donations have declined by more than 40 percent” External link

paho Monday, June 14, 2021 8:48:00 PM CEST

Carissa F Etienne told: “Today we’re seeing the emergence of two worlds: one quickly returning to normal, and another where recovery remains a distant future,” External link

paho Wednesday, June 9, 2021 9:30:00 PM CEST

Carissa F Etienne said: “The inequities in vaccination coverage are undeniable,” “Unfortunately, vaccine supply is concentrated in a few nations while most of the world waits for doses to trickle out. Although COVID-19 vaccines are new, this story isn’t—inequality has too often dictated who has the right to health” External link

paho Wednesday, June 9, 2021 9:30:00 PM CEST

Carissa F Etienne said: “Despite the doubling—or even tripling—of hospital beds across the region, ICU beds are full, oxygen is running low, and health workers are overwhelmed,” External link

paho Wednesday, June 9, 2021 9:30:00 PM CEST

Carissa F Etienne said: “The actions announced today by the White House are a good step forward in our drive to get vaccines into the arms of our people in Latin America and the Caribbean,” “We are grateful for this dose-sharing initiative and encourage other countries with surplus vaccines to follow the lead of the United States” External link

paho Friday, June 4, 2021 12:23:00 AM CEST

Carissa F Etienne said: “This pandemic is far from over, and it is hitting Latin America and the Caribbean severely, affecting our health, our economies, and entire societies. Yet only about 8% of our citizens have been vaccinated,” “The region is an epicenter for COVID-19 suffering. It should be an epicenter for vaccination, too” External link

paho Friday, June 4, 2021 12:23:00 AM CEST

Carissa F Etienne said: “We call on partners and organizations working in Haiti to urgently reinforce the response to COVID-19,” External link

paho Wednesday, June 2, 2021 11:50:00 PM CEST

Carissa F Etienne said: “A very high priority is to offer vaccination to all frontline health workers over 18 years of age,” External link

paho Wednesday, June 2, 2021 11:50:00 PM CEST

Carissa F Etienne said: “I want to spotlight the devastating health, social and economic impacts that this virus has had on women,” External link

paho Wednesday, May 26, 2021 9:30:00 PM CEST

Carissa F Etienne said: “If this continues, the pandemic is expected to obliterate more than 20 years of progress in expanding women’s access to family planning and tackling maternal deaths in the region,” “Nearly all maternal deaths are preventable and even getting back to pre-pandemic levels of maternal mortality, which were already high, could take more than a decade” External link

paho Wednesday, May 26, 2021 9:30:00 PM CEST

Carissa F Etienne said: “These figures have remained unchanged over the last weeks, illuminating a worrying trend: cases and deaths are plateauing at alarmingly high levels,” “In fact, last week, four out of five of the countries reporting the highest number of new infections were here in our region, and Latin American countries represented the top five highest mortality rates worldwide” External link

paho Wednesday, May 26, 2021 9:30:00 PM CEST

Carissa F Etienne noted: “We are also concerned about increasing trends in hospitalizations in Haiti,” External link

paho Wednesday, May 26, 2021 9:30:00 PM CEST

Carissa F Etienne said: “More than one million lives have been cut short because of COVID-19. This is a tragic milestone for everyone in the region,” “This pandemic is far from over, and it is hitting Latin America and the Caribbean severely, affecting our health, our economies, and entire societies. Yet only about 3% of our citizens have been vaccinated” External link

paho Saturday, May 22, 2021 12:15:00 AM CEST

Carissa F Etienne said: “The region is an epicenter for COVID-19 suffering. It should be an epicenter for vaccination, too,” External link

paho Saturday, May 22, 2021 12:15:00 AM CEST

Carissa F Etienne said: “where widespread [vaccine] coverage has led to a sharp reduction in U.S. COVID infections, deaths and hospitalizations,” “The progress we’re seeing in the U.S. is a testament to the power of safe and effective COVID vaccines, but it underscores the vital importance of accelerating access to vaccines throughout our region, so that other countries can fully immunize their populations” External link

paho Wednesday, May 19, 2021 8:22:00 PM CEST

Roosevelt Skerrit said: “what we are celebrating here is truly a remarkable achievement. Eliminating mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis as a public health concern requires the strengthening of primary prevention and treatment services for HIV and syphilis for pregnant women within an established and successful maternal, perinatal and child health services” External link

paho Saturday, May 15, 2021 12:52:00 AM CEST

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

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