While the spread of new coronavirus cases is steady or slowing in many parts of the world, it is accelerating in the Western Hemisphere, where new case reports rose by 20 percent in the past week, the World Health Organization warned on Wednesday. North America, where new case reports areContinue Reading

Regional officials at the World Health Organization on Wednesday encouraged everyone to continue to wear face masks in public to reduce coronavirus transmission, even if local authorities no longer mandate their use. “The use of masks is still recommended,” said Dr. Ciro Ugarte, director of health emergencies at the PanContinue Reading

Regional officials at the World Health Organization on Wednesday encouraged everyone to continue to wear face masks in public to reduce coronavirus transmission, even if local authorities no longer mandate their use. “The use of masks is still recommended,” said Dr. Ciro Ugarte, director of health emergencies at the PanContinue Reading

The Americas continue to be disproportionately affected by the coronavirus pandemic, and it is too soon for countries in the region to relax public health measures, World Health Organization officials warned on Wednesday. Though the region is home to less than 13 percent of the world’s population, the Americas reportedContinue Reading

Bucking the trend in much of the Americas, several Caribbean countries are reporting significant surges in known coronavirus infections, World Health Organization officials warned on Wednesday. New cases reported are up 40 percent over the last week in the Dominican Republic and Barbados, said Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, the directorContinue Reading

In Guatemala, shortages of syringes have slowed vaccination efforts. In Haiti, logistical and security challenges after the devastating Aug. 14 earthquake have contributed to making it the country with the lowest vaccination coverage in the world. And across the Caribbean, countries are grappling with unequal distribution of doses and vaccineContinue Reading

The U.N.-backed vaccine program will fail to meet its target for delivering doses to Latin America and the Caribbean this year, in part because wealthy countries that pay more for the shots are buying up most of the supply, a World Health Organization official said Wednesday. The global Covax program,Continue Reading

The Pan American Health Organization has struck a deal with the Chinese manufacturer Sinovac to purchase millions of Covid-19 vaccines for countries in Latin America and the Caribbean as part of an effort to make more shots available in a region where access has been very unequal. The agency, partContinue Reading