PAHO: “it is not clear whether Omicron is more transmissible than other variants, or if it causes more severe disease”

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Dr. Carissa Etienne, PAHO Director 2018-2023

While experts work to better understand the new WHO-designated “variant of concern,” Omicron, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director Carissa F. Etienne, called for increased vaccination and public health measures to ensure the best possible protection against the virus.

Urging against panic, the PAHO Director highlighted that there are still many unknowns and studies will take some time to complete. Until then, “it is not clear whether Omicron is more transmissible than other variants, or if it causes more severe disease,” she said in a media briefing today.

In the Americas, which reported 753,000 new COVID infections and over 13,000 deaths over the past week, Omicron has so far been detected in Canada and Brazil. “But it is likely that other countries will begin seeing this new variant in circulation soon,” the Director said.

While PAHO continues to track all variants in the region, for now Delta remains the predominant variant in the Americas.

Dr. Etienne highlighted that with just over half of people in Latin America and the Caribbean fully vaccinated against COVID-19, “our region remains especially vulnerable.”

“Vaccine inequity is prolonging the COVID crisis, and this is exactly what we’re seeing with the arrival of Omicron,” Dr. Etienne said.

Calling on governments to sustain public health measures, such as mask wearing, and redouble their surveillance efforts, “the more COVID-19 circulates, the more opportunities the virus has to mutate and change,” she added.

Turning to the commemoration of World AIDS Day, which takes place each year on the 1st December, “COVID is not the first infectious disease that has shaken the world,” the PAHO Director said.

Prior to the pandemic, just 65% of people living with HIV in the region were receiving ARV therapy and as the pandemic progressed, interruptions increased four-fold, leaving millions at risk.

As there are effective drugs that control the disease and interrupt transmission, “we must ensure consistent and equitable access to these powerful tools.” The Director noted that 2.4 million people in Latin America and the Caribbean live with HIV.

With PAHO reaching its 119th anniversary this week, Dr Etienne highlighted the progress that has been made in public health in the Americas – in the treatment of HIV/AIDS and in the development of effective vaccines against COVID.

“We must work together to finish the job,” she said. So that “everyone in our region has access to the services and tools they need to live healthy and productive lives.”

Over the past week, COVID-19 cases have remained steady but high in the US and Canada and have dropped in Mexico. Reductions have also been seen in most countries in Central America.

Meanwhile, cases have increased steadily in Southern Cone countries and have accelerated in the Caribbean, the Cayman Islands, and in Anguilla.

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  1. I pray to the COVID-19 God that Gaston Browne get every single variant of COVID and it drop him so hard on his ass he never get up. That’s what that POS deserves for fking us over.

  2. Each time this woman opens her mouth, the information keeps changing about the viruses and the variants – At least she’s being consistent in being inconsistent. RESIGN NOW TO SAVE LIVES!!

  3. PAHO making a statement for the sake of making a statement🤦‍♂️. They just don’t want to admit they were just fishing for a reason to start another panic.

  4. I think she should be saying the more you vaccinate with non sterilizing vaccines, the more
    evolutionary pressuree for the virus to mutute.
    Y’all will never win this war – cause you’ve been loading your guns after you get to the battlefield allowing the enemy (virus) to escape.

    • … and here’s what Dr Carissa F. Etienne WON’T tell you about the widely used AstraZeneca vaccine on Antiguan’s that can induce dangerous blood clots.

      This is what ‘Science Advance’ has uncovered:

      ‘Science Advances’, is an American Association for the Advancement of Science’s (AAAS) open access multidisciplinary journal, publishing impactful research papers and reviews in the area of science, in both disciplinary-specific and broad, interdisciplinary areas.

      The mission of ‘Science Advances’ is to provide fair, fast and expert peer review to authors and a vetted selection of research, freely available to readers; and led by a team of distinguished scientists.

      Here’s some of what they have recently published about the AstraZeneca vaccine causing blood clots:

      1), AstraZeneca is made of a genetically modified cold virus containing a snippet of Covid’s genetic code.

      2), The vaccine, once injected into the muscle of the arm, CAN ENTER THE BLOOD STREAM.

      3), Once in the blood stream, it can attract a protein in the blood called PLATELET FACTOR 4.

      4), The body’s immune system mistakes PLATELET FACTOR 4 for the virus attacking it.

      5), The body’s defensive antibodies then clump together around the PLATELETS, and triggering life-threatening blood clots.

      Out of all the vaccines delivered by ‘Western Countries’ in Antigua, the AstraZeneca vaccine, without doubt has been the one most used by the ABLP government.

      WHO DO YOU NOW BELIEVE FOLKS? GASTON BROWNE’S AND HIS (PAID-UP) GOVERNMENT ADVISOR(S), OR SCIENTIFIC PAPERS THAT HAVE BEEN THOROUGHLY REVIEWED & RESEARCHED?

      IN TIME, HISTORY WILL SHOW WHO WAS TELLING THE TRUTH …

      • @ Brixtonian, also, there’s this a tweet from cardiologist Dr. Aseem Molhotra….
        “Extraordinary, disturbing, upsetting.
        We now have evidence of a plausible biological mechanism of how mRNA vaccines maybe contributing to increase cardiac events. The abstract is published in the highest impact cardiology journal so we must take these finding seriously.”

        The abstract he is talking about is ” mRNA covid vaccines Dramatically Increase Endothelial Inflammatory Markers and ACS risks as measured by the PULS cardiac test: A Warning,” published in the 11/16/21 issue of the the journal Circulation.
        (ACS is acute coronary syndrome)

        Cardiac Risk Warning.
        The PULS (protein unstable lesion signature) cardiac test is a simple blood test that detects unstable cardiac lesions rupture, one of the leading causes of heart attack. As noted by the author’s of the paper, this is ” a clinically validated measurement of multiple protein biomarkers.” So, based on the level of these biomarkers, the test gives you a score that predicts your 5 year risk, as a percentage chance, of developing acute coronary syndrome (ACS). Elevated levels raise your PULS score while levels below the norm lowers it.

        “We conclude that the mRNA vacs dramatically increase inflammation on the endothelium and T cell infiltration of cardiac muscle and may account for the observation of increase Thrombosis, Cardiomyopathy, and other Vascular events following vaccination.”

        And they are injecting this into children!

  5. Like you, Sugarapple, I am only trying to inform my fellow citizens in Antigua of what’s really being kept from them.

    I am only repeating what many medical experts; scientists; data analysts; and professors have been voicing (however, they are being silenced by the MSM and global governments), ever since this pandemic broke out.

    The propaganda, misinformation and then hiding what is really going on, by the ABLP, global elites, big pharmaceuticals and worldwide governments to control us, is abhorrent to like-minded people like me – who can think for themselves. You and I know, that if all the adverse reactions were highlighted to the citizens of Antigua before the vaccination commenced, the government know that the take-up vaccine figures, would be very much lower.

    When you coerce people into accepting prize money for taking a vaccine is illegal and morally wrong; when you coerce people into giving them free food (KFC, biscuit with a drink), you are taking them for damn fools; and when the big pharmaceutical manufacturers are allowed to be exempt from any liabilities for deaths or any adverse reactions, then we are fools – ESPECIALLY AS THEY CEARLY KNOW ABOUT THE SERIOUS ISSUES WITH THEIR VACCINES.

    Don’t know if you’ve heard that there’s breaking news coming out of Europe, that a restaurant that put a blanket ban on all the UNVACCINATED form entering their eatery, has had a massive increase with the virus amongst the their VACCINATED PATRONS.

    I welcome the continued lockdown of the unvaccinated at the moment, because when the Covid-19 figures keep on rising, who are the global governments going to put the blame on?

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