The director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) warned that due to the increase in coronavirus infections, this situation is now the most worrying in South America, as the number of new infections has increased significantly in almost all countries.
“Infection is more worrying than South America,” Carissa Etienne, director of the Pan American Health Organization, said at a news conference.
Brazil has been hit by the severest wave of coronavirus. Scientists predict that Brazil will soon surpass the record wave that hit the United States in January, with the death toll on Tuesday exceeding 4,000.
“The situation in Brazil is worrying for the entire country,” said Sylvain Aldighieri of the Pan American Health Organization. He added: “At present, in terms of overwhelmed medical services, we are also taking care of Brazilian citizens.”
Aldighieri said Brazil needs more opportunities to obtain covid-19 vaccines and should pass them through a global partnership.
The official said that if needed, the Pan American Health Organization can extend assistance to Brazilian states, adding that the organization is already helping Brazil with virus sequencing, oxygen transportation and coronavirus testing.
Etienne warned that the intensive care units in Peru and Ecuador were almost full, and that in parts of Bolivia and Colombia, the number of infections had doubled last week.
The leader of the Pan American Health Organization added that the United States, Brazil and Argentina are among the top 10 countries in the world with the highest increase in coronavirus infections.
Etienne said that over 1.3 million new infections were confirmed in North and South America last week, and 37,000 people died, accounting for more than half of the total global deaths during the same period.
Etienne said: “Without good data and reasons, we cannot mitigate public health and social intervention.” He added that slowing down and preventing the spread of infection “needs decisive action by local and national governments.”
Etienne pointed out that in North and South America, more than 210 million doses of the covid-19 vaccine have been administered.
Assistant Director Jarbas Barbosa said that Bolivia, Nicaragua and Haiti may be affected by the delay in vaccine delivery by the Serological Institute of India, but the World Health Organization has called on the Indian government to ensure the delivery of the vaccine.