WASHINGTON, Apr 21, CMC – The director of the Pan American Well being Group (PAHO), Dr Carissa Etienne Wednesday mentioned that misinformation is likely one of the most severe threats to public well being, and it’s most damaging when it fuels vaccine hesitancy.
“Each individual in a susceptible group that’s hesitant to get the vaccine can change into a part of the unhappy statistics, one of many hundreds of deaths that happen day by day because of COVID-19,” she instructed a information convention.
“Vaccines are saving lives now and can contribute to regulate transmission within the close to future once we obtain excessive immunisation protection,” the Dominican-born PAHO director added.
She mentioned experiences of very uncommon surprising unwanted effects from some COVID-19 vaccines mustn’t make individuals hesitate to get immunised.
“The vaccines delivered via COVAX have been totally assessed by the WHO specialists. The advantages of those vaccines in stopping infections, hospitalisations, and deaths outweigh the dangers of aspect occasions,” Etienne famous.
“As a result of unreliable info spreads rapidly, PAHO is collaborating with tech firms like Twitter, Google, and Fb to handle pretend information and make sure the public can simply discover correct info,” she added.
The PAHO director mentioned the tragic milestone of greater than three million deaths from COVID, almost half of them within the Americas, “is a reminder that we should do extra to guard one another as a result of this virus continues to be a risk in each nook and group throughout our area”.
Etienne saidIn the final week alone, the Americas reported greater than 1.5 million new COVID instances and almost 40,000 deaths.
“COVID vaccines don’t present immediate safety. Our our bodies take time to construct up immunity to the virus after we’re vaccinated, and we gained’t see their full affect till extra of us are protected. Let’s do not forget that with the restricted doses obtainable to us at the moment, the precedence must be to save lots of lives. Stopping transmission of this illness requires further measures,” Etienne mentioned.
The PAHO Director famous that in Israel, COVID-19 vaccines are already serving to drive down infections, and preliminary information from Chile and a few cities in Brazil point out a discount in hospitalisations among the many aged, thanks partly to COVID vaccines.
“PAHO is doing every part we will to get as many vaccines to our area as potential, as rapidly as potential. We’ve helped ship greater than 4.2 million doses of COVID vaccines to 29 nations within the Americas. Tens of millions of further vaccines are due within the coming weeks. And we gained’t cease till each nation in our area has the vaccines they want,” Dr. Etienne mentioned.
However, she famous, “we want extra COVID vaccines for our area. We’d like nations to rapidly administer the doses they’ve available. We’d like communities to construct belief in vaccines. And when it’s your flip to get vaccinated, bear in mind: These vaccines can save your life.”
Vaccination Week within the Americas, which begins subsequent week, “is an ideal time to remind us the entire energy of vaccines to save lots of lives. Vaccinations are a collective effort and the success of immunisation campaigns relies on all of us,” Dr. Etienne mentioned.
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