The omicron variant of the coronavirus has been detected so far in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Mexico and the United States within America, but it is a matter of time before it circulates in more countries, warned the Pan American Health Organization (OPS).
The regional health agency said There is an increase in Covid-19 infections in Canada and parts of Mexico, such as Baja California.
Except for Panama, Central America is experiencing a deep drop in cases and in South America Bolivia, Peru and Colombia continue to see a strong increase while Ecuador, Chile and Argentina report decreases.
PAHO Director Carissa Etienne told a press conference that Research continues to better understand omicron behavior and risks to America.
“The arrival of a new variant does not necessarily mean that things will be worseyes, but it means that we have to be very vigilant in the short term, ”said Etienne.
Until now, 55% of people in Latin America and the Caribbean have received the complete vaccination scheme against Covid-19 and 20 countries in the region have yet to reach the goal of coverage of 40% inoculation by the end of the year established by the World Health Organization.
Guatemala, Haiti, Jamaica and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines still lag behindEtienne said.
“At the current rate, some six countries could miss the year-end goal of 40%“He added.
PAHO, which is purchasing vaccines for the region through its Revolving Fund, said it reached agreements with AstraZeneca PLC and the Chinese companies Sinovac Biotech Ltd and Sinopharm.
Voice of America (VOA)