COVID-19 cases spike in Caribbean due to inequality of vaccines

Amid delaying vaccination rates, new COVID-19 cases in the Americas are approximately double the pace they were at the very time last year

Caribbean: Amid delaying vaccination rates, new COVID-19 cases in the Americas are approximately double the pace they were at the very time last year, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) states.

In a weekly virtual news briefing on Wednesday, PAHO Director Carissa Etienne told only 28 percent of people in Latin America and the Caribbean have been fully vaccinated so far, mainly due to insufficient supplies.

“While we should observe that Canada, Chile, and Uruguay have fully over two-thirds of their people,” Etienne told, “we cannot ignore that one-fourth of nations in our region have yet to vaccinate 20 percent of their population – and in some areas, coverage is extremely lower.”

“This inequality is unacceptable,” she stated.

Guatemala and Nicaragua, she stated, have not touched the 10 percent target in vaccinations, while fewer than 1 percent of Haiti’s people are vaccinated.

PAHO told over the last week, approximately 1.5 million new COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in the Americas and higher than 22,000 deaths.

Etienne also explained the issue of maternal health, remarking that since the explosion of the pandemic, more than 270,000 pregnant women have been infected with COVID in the Americas and more than 2,600 have died to the virus.

“Most nations in our region have now confirmed more cases and mortality among pregnant women this year than in all of 2020,” Etienne told, figuring that in Mexico and Colombia, COVID-19 has grown the leading reason of maternal death.

PAHO advises that pregnant women through their first trimester, as well as those who are breastfeeding, get immunised for COVID-19.

In the United States, cases and hospitalisations have been increasing, creating at least one state to ration healthcare.

The state of Idaho led to “crisis standards of care” on Tuesday, leaving some hospitals to restrict healthcare as they grapple with a barrage of coronavirus sufferers.

Idaho has one of the flattest vaccination percentages in the nation, where 39.7 percent of people have been fully vaccinated.

Following the guidelines, patients are given preference scores based on several determinants that influence their survival of a health emergency.

Those considered in most need of attention and most expected to benefit from it are put on preference lists for limited resources, such as intensive care unit beds.

Others in urgent need but with lower odds of surviving will be given “comfort care” to assist keep them pain-free whether they succumb to their ailments or recover.

Other sufferers with severe but not life-threatening medical difficulties will face impediments in getting care until supplies are available.

Nationwide, the US is witnessing a seven-day average of more than 153,000 new COVID cases a day, a 4.9 percent jump from a week ago. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – that’s a 123.6 percent increment from the infection ratio at the same time previous year.

The rise in cases came between a sour conflict over mask mandates in classes. A judge in Florida ordered on Wednesday that the state cannot impose a ban on public institutions mandating the use of masks to defend against the coronavirus.

Republican Governor Ron DeSantis signified a mandatory mask ban mandate on July 30. But 13 school committees representing more than half of Florida’s 2.8 million schoolchildren have chosen mask conditions with an opt-out solely for medical purposes.

A province judge told the strong evidence before him, in a lawsuit by parents disputing the DeSantis ban, is that wearing masks does provide some protection for children in crowded school environments, particularly those under 12 for whom no vaccine yet breathes.