MEXICO CITY, February 23, - The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) warned on Wednesday that the Caribbean was falling behind in its efforts to combat COVID-19, where only 63% of its eligible population was vaccinated and significant regional disparities remain.
Ten of the 13 countries and territories in the Americas that have not reached the World Health Organization's (WHO) goal of 40% coverage are in the Caribbean, according to PAHO Director Carissa Etienne.
Last week, the region registrized 2.2 million new COVID cases, down 28% compared to the previous week.
"And, after six weeks of increases, we saw deaths drop for the first time since the beginning of the Omicron wave, to 29,000 new deaths reported in our region, a drop of 9%," Etienne said in prepared remarks.
While instances and deaths are falling, she cautioned that improvements have not been made across all the countries and territories in the region.
"Many areas are still in the midst of the Omicron surge, so we must stay vigilant and keep up with the measures that have been shown to help save lives," said Etienne.