PAHO says 55% of the Caribbean fully vaccinated against COVID-19

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The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is reporting that 55 per cent of residents in Latin America and the Caribbean are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus (COVID-19).

It is anticipated that this figure could increase with the arrival of an additional 1.6 million vaccine doses to the region this week, which Director, Dr. Carissa Etienne, says will bring the number to 72 million, adding that “we expect more… in the coming days”.

She was speaking during PAHO’s weekly COVID-19 digital media briefing on Wednesday (December 8).

Dr. Etienne, however, voiced concern about the number of people who remain unvaccinated, noting that 20 countries have yet to reach the World Health Organization’s (WHO) year-end 40 per cent vaccination coverage for 2021.