PAHO Director warns that vaccines alone will not stop current COVID-19 surge
Countries report more than 1.3 million new cases in the Americas while nearly 36,000 die from the disease in one week.
Washington, D.C. April 14, 2021 (PAHO) – Warning that COVID-19 vaccine deliveries to the Americas have slowed, Pan American Health Organization Director Carissa F. Etienne urged countries to employ a “comprehensive strategy” of not only immunization but also public health measures to curb the surging pandemic.
“I cannot stress this enough – for most countries, vaccines are not going to stop this wave of the pandemic," Dr. Etienne said during her weekly media briefing. "There are simply not enough of them available to protect everyone in the countries at greatest risk.”
“Therefore, we need to stop transmission by any means possible with the tools we have at hand. This will require comprehensive strategies to both accelerate the rollout of vaccines and control the virus using proven public health measures,” she added, referring to wearing masks, social distancing, and hand hygiene.