WASHINGTON, D.C. – The director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Dr. Carissa F. Etienne Wednesday called on the year-old COVID-19 Genomic Surveillance Regional Network to keep “a close eye” on the emergence and spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) throughout the region.
First detected in India, the Delta strain of the COVID-19 virus is a spike protein mutation that can spread faster and exhibit different symptoms than COVID-19.
From first responders to grocery store employees to healthcare workers and bus drivers—these are prime examples of the Black essential workers who are on the frontlines every day in a number of key industries in the US labor force. Unfortunately, with that prominence comes a higher risk of contracting COVID-19. There is a disproportionate number of Black Americans who serve at the labor forefront and are putting themselves at greater risk of contracting the virus. In fact, at the height of the pandemic earlier this year,one in four deaths from COVID-19 were Black Americans.
NEW YORK, New York – The Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne on Friday reiterated a call made earlier this week, at the first World Health Organization (WHO) forum for Small Island Development States (SIDS) on Health, for the health and well-being of SIDS to be classified as a global human right.
BASSETERRE, St. Kitts - Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, said his Team Unity administration is committed to ensuring the highest level of safety and protection for its citizens and residents in the use of COVID-19 vaccines, and as such it will only consent to the use of vaccines that have been granted approval for emergency use by the World Health Organization (WHO).
“Vaccinating children for COVID-19 is a key component to reaching the two-thirds threshold necessary to obtain herd immunity and stop the pandemic from continuing to spread and mutate,” said Dr. Miguela Caniza, Director of the St. Jude Global Infectious Diseases Program at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.