“Too soon to lower our guard”, warns PAHO Director as pandemic reaches two-year mark


As the world reaches two-years since  COVID-19 was characterized as a pandemic, and public health measures are being lifted in many parts of the Americas, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director Carissa F. Etienne warns countries that it is too soon to lower their guard.


“When places relax measures at the wrong moment, transmission spikes dangerously and we lose more lives,” Dr. Etienne said in a media briefing today, urging countries to base decisions on risk assessments and health data, and to tighten public health guidance if cases go up.


“COVID-19 is likely to be here to stay. We must learn to live with this virus, and quickly adapt to new changes,” the PAHO Director added.


Reflecting on the past two years of the pandemic, Dr. Etienne said that the Americas has been hit harder than any other region in the world, with more than 2.6 million lives lost – half of all global deaths.


“This is a tragedy of enormous proportions, and its effects will be felt for years to come,” the PAHO Director added.


She also warned that “the pandemic is still a threat today,” with countries experiencing record numbers of new infections during the Omicron wave, and the Americas accounting for 63% of new global cases in the first two months of 2022 alone. “


“We all want the pandemic to be over, but optimism alone cannot control the virus,” she said, calling for countries to keep a “finger on the pulse.”


Countries must build on lessons from the past two years to prepare for quick action and adjust public health guidance if a new variant emerges or outbreaks happen – by ensuring continued surveillance and by making testing readily available even when transmission is low.


The PAHO Director also called for countries to address the inequities that have been exacerbated by the pandemic, highlighting that in Latin America and the Caribbean, 248 million people have yet to receive a single dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, particularly those in hard to reach, rural areas and underserved communities.


“Our wins against COVID-19 show us what is possible when we work together and use the tools we know are effective,” Dr. Etienne said, referencing the advances made in the fight against COVID-19 in the past year, such as public health measures to slow the spread, safe vaccines and better treatment options.


Turning to the COVID-19 situation in the region, the Director reported that COVID-19 cases declined by 26% across the Americas in the last week and deaths also dropped by nearly 19%.


However, possible reductions in testing mean that the number of reported cases may not accurately reflect the situation in some countries.


Despite the overall decline in cases and deaths in the region, new cases increased by 2.2% in the Caribbean. Bolivia and Puerto Rico also reported an increase in deaths over the past week.

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  1. Dear Carissa F. Etienne,

    Your views and credibility on the pandemic has been destroyed time and time again, by many INDEPENDENT medical experts who aren’t in the pockets of the Bill Gates Foundation, unlike the organisation you work for.

    Please be careful of what you are saying to the populous, before you CHOOSE to repeat it.

    Remember, def ears gi liad trouble …

    • Looks like Dr. Etienne is a shill of the New World Order.
      Hope to see her and the rest of the global cabal on the hangman’s gallows someday soon for their crimes against humanity.

  2. All the big countries done with all the COVID mandates as they finally a follow the science and this poke h0le want continue Draconian measures and still a push poison in people body. The science has already shown no jab will stop anyone from getting omicron and it is much better to get it naturally than my the bullsheet chemicals she want push in people. Pfizer reports that they tried hard to hide states of the many adverse reactions people had to it but yet this backside idiat still a push that shit.

    Etienne needs to be fired and replaced with someone who is following the science facts.

  3. Mrs Etienne-Gates,

    Check the data from UK and Australia. It’s the jabbed that are getting infected and dying. Now that the FDA has been forced to release the damning Pfizer application data (instead of holding it for 75 years like they wanted to) anyone who wants to can know the truth. The death rate of people during the trials was 6 times what it is in the real world.

    I still remember you saying pregnant women can safely take the jab despite them being purposefully excluded from the trials, and for good reason. Now there are many families, including a close friend of mine whose little bundle of joy has been cancelled after taking the jab. I hope you’re happy.

    Now go back to your desk.

  4. RE: “…reductions in testing mean that the number of reported cases may not accurately reflect the situation in some countries.”

    The PCR TESTS were never “APPROVED” – and the U.S. CDC issued an ALERT in July of 2021 to all Laboratories in the U.S., stating that as of the 31st of Dec, 2021, the PCR TESTS will no longer be used.


    Because the TESTS were never APPROVED, and anyone who says different, is lying – and the other reason is; the UNAPPROVED TESTS could not differentiate between Influenza and their so-called “COVID-19.”

    ‘Coronaviruses’ are responsible for the benign ‘common cold.’

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