WHO to aid Latin American countries to get “subsidised” COVID vaccines

With the surge of coronavirus cases in Latin America, the WHO is working to ensure that the countries get adequate supply of vaccines once made available.

On July 14, WHO’s Regional Director for the Americas, Carissa Etienne, said that the World Health Organization (WHO) is working to ensure Latin American nations receive a “subsidised” vaccine at an “affordable” price once it is available.

Carissa Etienne said, “What good is a vaccine if people don’t have access to it?”

Latin America has become the latest pandemic epicentre surpassing the death toll of North America.

Carissa Etienne said that the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), WHO’s Regional Office based in Washington, was working to “ensure the most vulnerable countries in the region receive the COVID-19 vaccine on a subsidized basis and at an affordable price”.

Etienne said that the PAHO is “actively” negotiating with the Global Access Fund for COVID-19 Vaccines, known as COVAX, to “achieve the best possible conditions for the countries of the region”.

The “Revolving Fund” of the PAHO will be utilized to make available vaccines, syringes and related supplies are purchased on behalf of its member states, regardless of size or economic conditions.

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