News Releases

21 Jan 2022
New guidance continues to prioritize full protection of the most vulnerable and reflects evidence of waning effectiveness and increased vaccine supply.   January 21, 2022 – The World Health Organization (WHO) Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization (SAGE) has updated its guidance for booster doses and vaccination in children in…
19 Jan 2022
As infections surge, testing should be expanded to alleviate pressure on hospitals. Those without symptoms should quarantine and follow public health measures. Washington D.C. 19 January 2022 (PAHO) – With COVID-19 surging throughout the Americas and demand for diagnostics higher than ever, the Pan American Health Organization Director Carissa F…
13 Jan 2022
PAHO urges protection of health workers' mental health and warns of impact of continuous pressure in the face of increasing COVID-19 cases Washington, DC, January 13, 2022 (PAHO)- Health workers in 11 Latin American countries show elevated rates of depressive symptoms, suicidal thinking, and psychological distress, according to the results of a…
12 Jan 2022
Vaccination, testing of symptomatic individuals, and ensuring health workers are among first in line for additional vaccine doses are key to safeguard health systems. Washington D.C. 12 January 2022 (PAHO) - With COVID-19 infections accelerating in the Americas and the detection of the Omicron variant in at least 42 countries and territories in…
29 Dec 2021
The region reports the biggest rise in cases worldwide with holiday period set to drive up numbers, PAHO warns, urging countries to continue vaccination campaigns and implementation of public health measures. Washington, DC, December 29, 2021 (PAHO)- Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) data show that COVID-19 cases increased 50% and deaths 11…
23 Dec 2021
Approval will increase vaccine availability as pandemic persists Washington, D.C., 23 December 2021 (PAHO) – The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) welcomed the WHO listing today of an AstraZeneca vaccine jointly produced by Argentina and Mexico – the first such decision for a COVID-19 vaccine manufactured in Latin America. The vaccine,…
22 Dec 2021
PAHO data shows COVID-19 cases continue to rise in North America, driven by the United States. Omicron variant has now been reported in 19 countries and territories. Washington, D.C. Dec. 22, 2021 (PAHO) – The Region of the Americas has now surpassed 100 million cases of COVID-19, latest Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) epidemiological…
15 Dec 2021
Vaccine inequity continues to divide the region. Lessons must be learned to bring pandemic under control and ensure access to future COVID-19 therapeutics. Washington D.C. 15 December 2021 (PAHO) – While COVID-19 infections tripled in 2021 and health systems struggled to cope, “we have learned what it takes to bring this virus under control,” and…
8 Dec 2021
With the Omicron variant detected in six countries in the region and many countries yet to reach 40% vaccination target, PAHO’s Revolving Fund will be key to ensure vaccines for all Washington D.C., 8 December 2021 (PAHO/WHO) – With 20 countries yet to reach the WHO’s year-end vaccination target of 40%, and the Omicron variant now detected in…