COVID-19 vaccine access, not acceptance, key issue in Americas-PAHO

People wait to get a vaccine against AstraZeneca coronavirus disease (COVID-19) during a vaccination campaign for the homeless in downtown Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on May 27, 2021. REUTERS / Ricardo Moraes / File Photo

BOGOTA, June 16 (Reuters) – The main problem with COVID-19 vaccination in America is access to doses, not acceptance of the vaccine’s effectiveness, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said Wednesday, calling on donor countries to send vaccinations as soon as possible.

The Seven Rich Nations Group announced on Sunday that it would be providing 1 billion doses of vaccine over the next year to help poorer countries vaccinate their populations.

“I want to make it clear that the main problem in America is access to vaccines, not vaccine acceptance,” said PAHO director Carissa Etienne during the organization’s weekly press conference. “We are counting on our leaders and the support of the global community to ensure America gets the dose it needs to save lives as soon as possible.”

Reporting by Julia Symmes Cobb Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

Our standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

Comments are closed.