COVID infections are dropping in North America, but vaccination too slow in Latin America, says PAHO

FILE PHOTO: Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Deputy Premier of Ontario and Minister of Health Christine Elliott watch as a healthcare worker administers the second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine to personal support worker Anita Quidangen, who is the first person in Ontario to receive both doses, at The Michener Institute, in Toronto, Canada January 4, 2021. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio

BRASILIA (Reuters) – New infections of COVID-19 are dropping in the United States, Canada and Mexico, but in Latin America vaccinations have hardly begun, raising the risk of dangerous new variants emerging, the Pan American Health Organization said on Wednesday.

“As long as COVID-19 endures in one part of the world, the rest of the world can never be safe,” PAHO director Carissa Etienne said in a briefing on the pandemic in the Americas.

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