Member Countries Must Continue to Implement COVID-19 Protocols – PAHO Director

Dr. Carissa F. Etienne
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(Jamaica Information Service) Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director, Dr. Carissa Etienne, says the authorities in member countries must continue instituting all coronavirus (COVID-19) safeguards and protocols until an approved vaccine is available.

Her urging comes against the background of the growing number of COVID-19 cases across the Americas, which she said has risen to nearly 13.5 million, with deaths climbing to over 460,000.

Speaking during PAHO’s COVID-19 digital briefing on Wednesday (September 2), Dr. Etienne noted that medical experts globally “are working faster than ever to ensure that we have a safe [and] effective vaccine as soon as possible”.

“Indeed, many vaccines are now in phase-three clinical trials. So, we are hopeful that at least one or more of these will be effective in providing lasting protection against COVID-19… with few or no side effects,” she said.

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