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CARPHA Cautions Giving Children the Adult Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago – The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) has cautioned Ministries of Health across the region against administering any dosage of the adult Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to children aged 5 to 11 years, as they continue to roll out their vaccination campaigns.

Photo courtesy of CARICOM.

PAHO: Americas Remain Most Unequal Region in the World in Fight Against COVID

WASHINGTON, D.C. - While 63 percent of people in Latin America and the Caribbean have now been vaccinated against COVID-19, coverage remains uneven, with 14 countries and territories immunizing 70 percent of their populations and the same number failing to reach even 40 percent coverage, the Pan American Health Organization Director Dr. Carissa Etienne said on Wednesday.

PAHO director Dr. Carissa Etienne during Wednesday's Press Briefing (file photo)

PAHO: "Countries are Seeing Outbreaks of Diseases" Due to COVID

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As the COVID-19 outbreak reaches its third year in the Americas, millions of children are missing out on routine vaccinations, putting countries at risk of losing two decades of immunization progress, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director Dr. Carissa Etienne has warned.

PAHO Director Dr. Carissa Etienne (Photo by: Juan Manuel Herrera / OAS / CC BY-NC-ND)

Trinidad and Tobago Records Decline in COVID Cases

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – Trinidad and Tobago is recording a decline in the number of patients being treated for the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, but health officials warn that it is still too early for people to disregard the various protocols put in place to stem the spread of the virus that has killed 3, 412 people and infected 112, 000 over a two year period.

Principal Medical Officer – Institutions, Dr Maryam Abdool-Richards (CMC Photo)

Report: Wastewater Testing Can Help Caribbean Respond to COVID-19

WASHINGTON, D.C. –The World Bank says wastewater testing provides a relatively economic method whereby countries in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) can improve their detection, diagnosis, control, and monitoring systems for viruses that cause diseases like the coronavirus (COVID-19) and its variants.

Graphic via St. Lucia News Online.

Bermuda Prepares to Vaccinate Young Children

HAMILTON, Bermuda — Bermuda’s children aged five to 11 are soon to be given the opportunity to be vaccinated against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic , which has now killed 119 people on the island after another death, although active cases continue to fall, health officials announced.

2,000 pediatric doses of the Pfizer vaccine are being prepared for Bermudan children. (Photo via Shutterstock)

PAHO Calls for End to Poverty-Related Diseases in the Caribbean

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On the eve of the first World Day for Neglected Tropical Diseases, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is urging governments to provide comprehensive and universal care for the millions of people affected by these poverty-related diseases in the Americas, including the Caribbean. 

Guyana Aiming to Improve Food Standards

GEORGETOWN, Guyana – Guyana Monday said it is moving towards establishing a ‘one health agenda,’ aimed at harmonizing and advancing the country’s food chain while achieving the highest international food standards.

Supermarket shelves in Guyana. (Photo courtesy of the Guyana Chronicle)
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