COVID-19 throughout South America
Washington D.C. Feb. 16, 2022 (PAHO) – Complacency around mask-wearing, travel, and indoor gatherings created a perfect opportunity for the new variant omicron to spread rapidly throughout the region and increase deaths, warned Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director Carissa F. Etienne.
“Without a doubt, Omicron has overtaken us,” the PAHO director said. “Every time infections spike, there is a high cost to our families and communities,” with spikes in cases followed by spikes in deaths three weeks later.
To ensure more equitable access to vaccines, PAHO has already delivered 100 million doses to 33 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, thanks to the work of its Revolving Fund in coordination with COVAX.
The PAHO director thanked donors for contributing 30% of the 100 million dose milestone and urged countries to “focus on closing critical gaps in vaccination coverage” to ensure that at least 20 million more people are fully vaccinated, particularly high-risk groups.
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Through graphics and a timeline, AS/COA Online monitors important regional vaccine developments in an effort to cover Latin America’s progress toward vaccinations and herd immunity.
Vaccinating a population means first securing doses. AS/COA Online looks at population vaccine coverage, supply agreements and regulatory approvals in the region as of July 15, 2022.
July 13 – The World Bank reports that eight of 20 Caribbean countries have yet to reach a 50 percent vaccination rate and attributes this slow rate to low levels of confidence in vaccines.
July 7 – With Guatemala representing one of the lowest vaccination rates in the Americas, Nature publishes an article exploring the reasons for the lagging rates. These include hesitancy about vaccines in rural areas, language barriers resulting from the 25 languages spoken throughout the country, and logistical failures.
April 22 – Mexico learns that it will not receive Pfizer vaccines from COVAX, the global vaccine initiative led by the World Health Organization, in the most recent allocation. The country had intended to use Pfizer’s COVAX vaccines to inoculate minors. Mexican health officials said they will seek to sign direct contracts with Pfizer or Cuba for its Abdala vaccine.
Brazil leads the subcontinent in the number of infectious diseases and deaths
Since Argentina is a federal country, the decisions to fight the pandemic are taken by each of the provinces and the City of Buenos Aires, without prejudice to the national government’s own and concurrent powers. To face the pandemic, Argentina, like most countries in the world, adopted a series of sanitary, economic and social measures, agreed upon by the national government and all the provinces together with the City of Buenos Aires.
Sanitarily, Argentina’s approach to deal with the pandemic was characterized by an early and strict quarantine (isolation) covering the whole country for 37 days, followed by a relaxation by regions, which allowed lifting the quarantine in most of the country, to establish distancing protocols, keeping it in areas of high contagion.
On June 4, President Fernandez announced that 18 provinces had ended quarantine over their entire territory and were under a “distancing” regime with sanitary protocols. Initially, only four urban areas maintained isolation: the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Area (AMBA), the San Fernando Department of Chaco Province, the Rawson Department of Chubut Province and the Cordoba Metropolitan Area. Subsequently, new outbreaks forced several cities to return to isolation
A travel and work index was recently launched, showing destinations that offer the perfect combination for these two activities, where Chile is shown as a good option for teleworking.
The world has changed and has become an increasingly dynamic and flexible place, permeating all spheres of life. Work, for example, is no longer the place where we go, since through a computer connected to the Internet we can work from anywhere. So why work from home, when you can work from another city anywhere in the world, and go out and explore in your free time?
With this point in mind, a specific tool can be consulted in the index that allows you to obtain information on destinations that are not only the best for remote work, but also those that adapt to the office hours to which travelers report and/or the work schedules of clients.