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Carissa F Etienne said: “Frontline health workers, first responders and those caring for the elderly should be vaccinated first, followed by vulnerable groups such as adults with pre-existing conditions, especially those over 65 years of age,” “The challenge lies in identifying these groups early and determining how to best reach them” External link

paho Wednesday, September 23, 2020 9:27:00 PM CEST

Carissa F Etienne added: “Our region has a strong legacy of immunization programs that give us a leg up as we plan for the future,” External link

paho Wednesday, September 23, 2020 9:27:00 PM CEST

Carissa F Etienne concluded: “So, I urge countries around the world to prepare for a coronavirus vaccine, but also to remain realistic, knowing that these preparations do not replace everything else we must do to save lives today,” External link

paho Wednesday, September 23, 2020 9:27:00 PM CEST

Carissa F Etienne said: “Universal health care remains a core tenet of health and development. Even in this time of crisis, we must ensure that everyone, irrespective of income, ethnicity or gender, has access to quality care when they need it, without incurring financial hardship,” External link

paho Thursday, September 17, 2020 10:36:00 PM CEST

Carissa F Etienne said: “The joint work between PAHO Strategic Fund and Mercosur resulted in improved prices and significant cost savings that reached between 50 and 80 percent for most of the countries of the Region. This allowed for the incorporation of WHO recommended medicines and biological molecules that are key therapeutic tools for hepatitis C and breast cancer, while assuring access, quality, and availability,” External link

paho Thursday, September 17, 2020 10:36:00 PM CEST

Carissa F Etienne told: “It is only through concerted and collective action that we will address COVID-19, suppress its transmission and recover onto the path of sustainable development,” External link

paho Friday, September 11, 2020 6:52:00 PM CEST

Gina Tambini noted: “Social support programs and the strengthening of social cohesion in communities are both essential to meet the needs of people in vulnerable situations,” External link

paho Friday, September 11, 2020 3:51:00 PM CEST

Timothy Harris said: “This elimination is the result of our strong political commitment to public health and of making the health of mothers, children and families a regional priority,” External link

paho Friday, September 4, 2020 6:02:00 AM CEST

Maria Cristina Perceval said: “The elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis is not just a dream; it’s an achievable goal,” External link

paho Friday, September 4, 2020 6:02:00 AM CEST

Carissa F Etienne told: “By using the Revolving Fund, we will build on well-established processes and mechanisms that have been successfully utilized in the Region for more than 40 years. Thus, we can accelerate access to effective COVID vaccines and ensure effective coordination with you, WHO and COVAX to respond to your national needs,” External link

paho Friday, August 28, 2020 6:20:00 PM CEST

Carissa F Etienne said: “Sadly, as of August 26, more than 450,000 deaths in the Americas can be directly attributed to COVID-19, and more deaths will occur due to the indirect health, social and economic impact of the pandemic,” External link

paho Friday, August 28, 2020 6:20:00 PM CEST

Carissa F Etienne said: “We will support your endeavors to retake the health and development agenda in the future, and reshape it in the wake of this pandemic, to make sure we are better prepared than ever for any future disease outbreak,” External link

paho Friday, August 28, 2020 6:20:00 PM CEST

Carissa F Etienne said: “In far too many places, there seems to be a disconnect between the policies being implemented and what the epidemiological curves tell us. This is not a good sign. Wishing the virus away will not work, it will only lead to more cases, as we’ve seen over these past 6 weeks,” “We have good tools today: data that show where the hot spots are, contact tracing protocols to slow onward transmission and public health measures that can reduce the risk of exposure. We’ll have even better tools in the future: improved tests, more effective treatments and even vaccines. National and local governments need to be strategic about how they use these tools – old and new – to achieve the desired impact,” External link

paho Tuesday, August 25, 2020 10:36:00 PM CEST

Carissa F Etienne added: “This indicates that younger people are primarily driving the spread of the disease in our region. Many young people who contract the virus may not become ill or require an ICU bed, but they can spread it to others who will. This is a stark reminder that defeating COVID-19 is a shared responsibility – not only among countries and regions, but between people, neighbors and communities,” “If you don’t take the right steps to keep yourself safe, you’re putting others in danger,” External link

paho Tuesday, August 25, 2020 10:36:00 PM CEST

Carissa F Etienne added: “This virus is going to be with us for a while. Without a vaccine, it’s going to be with us for years. This will not be a fight we win once – but one that will go several rounds. That’s why we need to apply lessons from places that have controlled the virus and let data guide our actions,” External link

paho Tuesday, August 25, 2020 10:36:00 PM CEST

Carissa F Etienne told: “Mental health and domestic violence services are essential services, and we must place emphasis on addressing the gaps that have been laid bare by the pandemic. Today, I ask countries to take the steps required to ensure everyone can receive the care they need and deserve,” External link

paho Tuesday, August 18, 2020 11:34:00 PM CEST

Carissa F Etienne noted: “While it is true that because many of us are stuck at home we’re less prone to getting bitten by mosquitoes, the reality is that mosquitoes and the pathogens they transmit are still circulating. And without testing or treatment, severe cases of mosquito-borne diseases could go from easily treatable conditions to death,” External link

paho Tuesday, August 11, 2020 9:43:00 PM CEST

Carissa F Etienne said: “Countries must avoid thinking that they must make a choice, a choice between reopening economies and protecting the health and well-being of their people,” External link

paho Wednesday, August 5, 2020 4:52:00 AM CEST

Alicia Barcena said: “Advancing equality is essential for the effective control of the pandemic and for sustainable economic recovery in Latin America and the Caribbean. We must respond to the Emergency and implement a strategy to overcome the structural weaknesses of economies and societies. Changing development strategy in the Region is therefore essential,” External link

paho Friday, July 31, 2020 5:00:00 AM CEST

Carissa F Etienne said: “We face an unprecedented challenge, which requires solid and well-funded health systems to overcome this crisis. Investing at least 6% of GDP in public health, with a particular emphasis on primary health care, not only protects achievements made in health, but also ensures sustainable development and addresses rising poverty and inequality in the Region,” External link

paho Friday, July 31, 2020 5:00:00 AM CEST

Carissa F Etienne said: “With universal vaccination, we are creating new generations free from hepatitis B and moving towards eliminating hepatitis as a public health problem,” External link

paho Tuesday, July 28, 2020 5:04:00 AM CEST

Carissa F Etienne said: “These results would not be possible with the commitment of governments, health personnel and families to vaccinate,” External link

paho Tuesday, July 28, 2020 5:04:00 AM CEST

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