Washington, Aug 7 - The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) will support the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean to join the Covax mechanism or the Global Access Fund for Covid-19 Vaccines, to which 78 nations have expressed their interest until today to ally.
PAHO Director Carissa Etienne stressed that this strategy will allow nations, regardless of income level, to secure better prices and assume fewer risks than if they negotiate individually. The deputy director for the Americas of that institution, Jarbas Barbosa, confirmed that there are already 165 vaccine projects, of which 27 began with human tests and six are in phase three, the last experimentation process.
It is considered a global collaboration aimed at maximizing the creation of capacities for the production of a cure for the pandemic, to which the region seeks to adhere in the midst of the critical situation it is going through given the high number of infections and deaths that have placed it as the new global epicenter of the disease.
Latin American countries accumulate 5.2 million confirmed cases and almost 210 thousand deaths, about 30 percent of all deaths globally.
With these figures, Latin America is now the first region in the world with the most deaths and positives, according to the United Nations health agencies.
At the current rate, in a few days Latin America could exceed the number of deaths registered by Europe, one of the most affected regions in the first months of the pandemic, and which currently has more than 214 thousand deaths.
Brazil remains the most affected Latin American country and the second on the planet, with 2.75 million infected people and 94,600 deaths according to WHO figures, followed by Mexico, Peru, Chile, Colombia and Argentina. (Text and photo: PL)