News Releases

5 May 2021
Countries will need to maintain or increase ICU bed capacity even further if infections continue to rise at current rates. In the past week, nearly 40% of all global COVID-19 deaths took place in the Americas. Washington, D.C. May 5, 2021 (PAHO) – Hospitalizations and deaths of younger people are surging as the COVID-19 pandemic accelerates…
5 May 2021
Urgent need to reduce inequalities between high and lower income countries Geneva, 5 May 2021 - WHO’s latest global survey on implementation of national infection prevention and control programmes highlights the urgent need to reduce inequalities in the availability of good hand hygiene and other infection prevention and control measures between…
28 Apr 2021
PAHO Director warns that health systems in some countries are overwhelmed and urges nations with extra vaccines to donate them to the region. Washington, D.C., April 28, 2021 (PAHO) – Hospitals in South and Central America are struggling to cope with a heavy influx of COVID-19 patients as the pandemic continues to surge across the region, Pan…
26 Apr 2021
Study draws lessons for the region from the six national regulatory authorities of reference in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, and Mexico. Washington, D.C., April 26, 2021 (PAHO) The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the urgent need for strengthening national regulatory authorities in Latin America and the Caribbean to ensure the…
23 Apr 2021
In 2020, vaccination rates against diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis dropped by 18.2% while immunization against measles, mumps, and rubella declined by 13.9%, compared to 2019. Washington, D.C., April 23, 2021 (PAHO) – On the eve of Vaccination Week in the Americas, PAHO urged countries to close the immunization gap that resulted in hundreds of…
22 Apr 2021
Vaccines not procured through government purchases from certified providers and offered by authorized national immunization circuits are presumed to be falsified and dangerous to health. Washington, DC, April 22, 2021 (PAHO)- The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) urges people to get vaccinated against COVID-19 only through…
21 Apr 2021
“When it’s your turn to get vaccinated, remember: These vaccines can save your life.”  Washington, D.C. April 21, 2021 (PAHO)-- Misinformation is one of the most serious threats to public health, and it is most damaging when it fuels vaccine hesitancy, Pan American Health Organization Director Carissa F. Etienne said today. “Every person in…
14 Apr 2021
Washington, D.C. April 14, 2021 (WHO) – The World Health Organization’s new Global Diabetes Compact aims to bring a much-needed boost to efforts to prevent diabetes and bring treatment to all who need it  ̶  100 years after the discovery of insulin. The Compact was launched today at the Global Diabetes Summit, which was co-hosted by WHO…
14 Apr 2021
Countries report more than 1.3 million new cases in the Americas while nearly 36,000 die from the disease in one week. Washington, D.C. April 14, 2021 (PAHO) – Warning that COVID-19 vaccine deliveries to the Americas have slowed, Pan American Health Organization Director Carissa F. Etienne urged countries to employ a “comprehensive strategy” of…