Risk of vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks at 30-year high, PAHO Director says


The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director, Dr. Jarbas Barbosa, calls on countries to urgently step-up routine vaccination programs as the risk of disease outbreaks in the Americas reaches a 30-year high due to a decline in vaccination coverage.


While the Americas was the first region in the world to eliminate polio in 1994 and has historically been a world leader in disease control and elimination, “national immunization programs have suffered numerous setbacks over the last decade,” Dr. Barbosa said during a media briefing today.


Inadequate sustainable financing for immunization and an increase in vaccine hesitancy due to misinformation have been among the primary drivers of the drop in coverage, he added, factors further exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.


Today, the Region of the Americas is the second in the world with the worst vaccine coverage. Around 2.7 million children did not receive all their vaccine doses in 2021, leaving them without full protection against diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough. Two countries – Brazil and Mexico – account for more than 50% of children that have never received a vaccine in the region.


Failure to effectively implement and maintain routine vaccination coverage leaves children “susceptible to diseases such as polio, tetanus, measles and diphtheria,” Dr. Barbosa said.


In the run up to Vaccination Week in the Americas, starting next week from 22 to 29 April, the PAHO Director urged countries to step up efforts to “recover the vaccination coverage rates that protected us in the past.”


Vaccination Week in the Americas is “an extraordinary strategy to complement the efforts of national immunization programs,” Dr. Barbosa said, supporting efforts to protect more than 1 billion people of all ages since its inception 20 years ago.


This year, the theme of the week is Get up to date #EachVaccineCounts and the aim is to reach more than 92 million people across the Region with life-saving vaccines.


PAHO’s commitment to strengthening national immunization programs does not stop at these events, the Director added.


The Organization continues to work with countries of the region, technical partners, and donors to strengthen and modernize national immunization programs, improve and reinforce cold chain operations and implement innovative approaches to better tackle the challenges the pandemic has brought forth.


PAHO is also supporting vaccine production through its Regional Platform to Advance the Manufacturing of COVID-19 Vaccines and other Health Technologies in the Americas, and is already working with Sinergium Biotech in Argentina and the Bio-Manguinhos Institute (FIOCRUZ) in Brazil, on the regional development and production of mRNA-based vaccines.


“National immunization programs are our first line of defense against outbreaks,” Dr. Barbosa said. “But each one of us can do our part to protect ourselves and our loved ones. And we can start by getting all our shots during Vaccination Week in the Americas.”


Vaccination in the Americas in numbers

In 2021, more than 2.7 million children under 1 year did not receive all their vaccine doses against diphtheria, tetanus, and whooping cough.

In 2010, the Americas was the second region with the highest reported vaccination coverage. Today, it is second in the world with the worst coverage.

The risk of outbreaks due to vaccine-preventable diseases is currently at its highest point in the last 30 years.

National immunization programs in Latin America and the Caribbean prevent around 174,000 deaths in children under five each year.

Since 2003, Vaccination Week in the Americas (VWA) has helped countries reach nearly 1.1 billion people with life-saving vaccines in more than 40 countries and territories.

VWA has supported the elimination of six vaccine-preventable diseases: polio, measles, congenital rubella syndrome, neonatal tetanus, hepatitis B and smallpox.

This year, VWA aims to support 45 countries and territories to reach more than 92 million people with over 144 million doses of different vaccines.

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  1. … And here’s the medical counter argument (with facts figures and data) from a former specialist practitioner, Dr John Campell on YouTube titled: ‘Adverse Events …’

    Released only a few hours ago


    • Brixtonian always highlighting the other side for Antiguans to make their own minds – one way or the other!

  2. This criminal organization PAHO needs to stop pushing these slow poison vaccines on children. For example, hepatitis B transmission is through blood or body fluid; if a new born baby’s mother is not a chronic carrier of the hepatitis B virus, how is the infant at risk of contracting hepatitis B? Why does an infant receive their first hepatitis B shot 24 hours after birth? It should be a crime to inject a vaccine containing aluminium & formaldehyde into a new born infant. How many of the Rasta children
    who are unvaccinated are infected with any of the diseases they claim that children are at risk for?
    It’s all a big scam and it promotes chronic illnesses in children. Children are becoming lifetime cash cows for big pharma. Stop allowing these criminals to harm your children.

      • Moderna and Pfizer covid 💉 cut to one jab instead of two for unvaxxed people. Also, moderna’s mRNA dose is cut to 50mcg’s from the initial 200 mcg’s; and Pfizer’s mRNA dose is 30mcg’s from the initial 60mcg’s. Were the initial mRNA doses too high — Did some of the 💉have different doses — Could that be the reason why some folks had major adverse events and others had none? Inquiring minds wants to know.

  3. Polio wasn’t eliminated by vaccination. It was eliminated by improvements in sanitation and the fact that they changed the criteria for counting cases. In fact, one of the side effects of the polio vaccine being developed at the time was leg paralysis…sound familiar?

  4. PAHO to WHO etc have to keep pushing their HUEman Annihilation Agenda to make room for their designer humans.

    Check this video out on
    YouTube.com/ectolife:the world’s first artificial womb.

    When is “Jesus of Lubeck” COMING SOON?⛵️⛵️⛵️Again?

    Jumbee_Picknee aka Ras Smood
    De ‘ole Dutty Peg_Foot Bastard

    Vere C. Edwards

  5. Love how they love to insert ‘ misinformation ‘, when it comes to vaccination. Perhaps if they had been honest about you know what there wouldn’t be ‘ hesitancy ‘ and ‘ misinformation’. I for one don’t trust anything that comes out of PAHP/WHO mouth.

  6. There is nothing new under the sun, so as it was in the olden days, so it is today. It is of a fact, that the heart of man is desperately wicked. There is no such thing as ” modern”, there is where the deception begins.

  7. After lying to the populace during the COVID-19 pandemic, PAHO really expects persons to believe them.

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