28 Jan 2021
PAHO calls for intensified surveillance, outbreak investigation, and contact tracing. WASHINGTON, D.C., January 28, 2021 (PAHO) Three new variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which are raising concerns about possible heightened spread and severity of COVID-19, have been detected in 14 countries in the Americas, the Pan American Health Organization (…
28 Jan 2021
Washington, DC, January 28, 2020 (PAHO) - The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) today launched MedPPE, a mobile application that provides detailed information on the personal protective equipment that health personnel should use to guard against COVID-19, depending on their role and workplace. MedPPE emphasizes the role and timing…
27 Jan 2021
“The weight of this loss is incalculable,” PAHO Director says Washington, D.C., January 27, 2021 (PAHO)— “Today, we mark another tragic milestone in our region: over one million people in the Americas have now died from complications of COVID-19. We’ve lost more people to this virus than the entire population of many cities,” Pan American Health…
19 Jan 2021
“We must intensify public health interventions to limit exposure to this virus” Washington, D.C., January 19, 2021 (PAHO)— The Region of the Americas must intensify public health interventions on social distancing, limiting gatherings, wearing masks and hand washing to limit exposure to the COVID-19 pandemic, Pan American Health Organization…
13 Jan 2021
‘If we remain diligent, we have the power to control this virus; if we relax, make no mistake: 2021 could well be far worse than 2020’ Washington, D.C., January 13, 2021 (PAHO)— The appearance of new variants of the COVID-19 virus in several countries of the Americas, combined with an acceleration in the virus’s spread in virtually every country…
12 Jan 2021
Contributions from international and governmental agencies, individuals, and nonprofits enhanced PAHO’s response. Washington D.C. January 12, 2020 (PAHO) – In 2020, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) received commitments for more than $263 million to provide technical support and supplies for the fight against COVID-19 in the Americas…
8 Jan 2021
With the decree recently approved by Paraguay, smoking in indoor public spaces and workplaces is now banned in all countries of  South America. Washington, D.C., January 8, 2021 (PAHO) The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) today congratulated Paraguay for banning smoking of lit or electronic tobacco products in enclosed public…
30 Dec 2020
PAHO helps countries cope as more than 35 million people are infected and 850,000 die.  Washington, D.C., December 30, 2020 (PAHO)—The COVID-19 pandemic swept through every country in the Americas in 2020, infecting more than 35 million people and causing some 850,000 deaths. Globally, COVID-19 affected 216 countries and territories, causing more…
30 Dec 2020
Buenos Aires/Washington DC, December 2020 (PAHO/WHO) - PAHO and representatives of the Health Commissions of the Parliaments of the Americas agreed to move forward on enacting laws that will accelerate the digital transformation of the health sector in the post-pandemic era. The commitment was made at the VI Congress of the Health Commissions of…