A Splendid Milestone: PAHO donates 100 million vaccine doses to Latin America

The Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) has reached a significant milestone by donating 100 million doses of the vaccine against the viral infection caused by the COVID-19 pandemic to Latin America and the Caribbean nations on Sunday, February 20, 2022

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A Splendid Milestone: PAHO donates 100 million vaccine doses to Latin America & Caribbean

The Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) has reached a significant milestone by donating 100 million doses of the vaccine against the viral infection caused by the COVID-19 pandemic to Latin America and the Caribbean nations on Sunday, February 20, 2022.

The Caribbean nations have poured regard to the efforts of the organization’s Revolving Fund, the procurement and delivery partner of COVAX in the region.

As per the reports, PAHO donated the last batch of the COVID-19 vaccine to Haiti, and the country has accepted a total of 151,200 jabs of the Moderna vaccine under the COVAX campaign, while Sapin has donated 1,511,640 jabs of Pfizer vaccines to Ecuador.

While outlining the significance of the milestone, the director of PAHO, Dr Carissa F Etienne, cited, “With the massive support of the COVAX and our Revolving Fund and the other partners, our region has become able to cope with the shortage of the vaccine during the peak of the novel coronavirus. Due to their aid, our countries have become efficient in response to the deadly virus, especially for the most vulnerable”.

The PAHO Revolving Fund is known as the procurement agency for COVAX in the Americas, which have supplied 100 million vaccines of the novel coronavirus to 33 countries. The other partners of PAHO are UNICEF, CEPI, the World Health Organization (WHO) and Gavi, and they worked tirelessly to ensure equal distribution of the vaccine across the globe.

In August 2021, PAHO had launched an initiative for additional access to COVID-19 vaccines in the region by making the Long Term Agreements with the three manufacturers.

As per the reports, a total of 63 percent of people in Latin America and the Caribbean have received the vaccine against the viral infection caused by the novel coronavirus. Further, Haiti stood at the bottom of the list, with the coverage of the vaccine less than 1.2 percent.