November 18, 20 - 4:05 pm - LABS

WHO says that vaccinating 20% of Latin America and Caribbean will cost more than $2 billion

Vaccinating 20% of the population of Latin America and the Caribbean against COVID-19 will cost more than $2 billion but low income countries will be helped by the COVAX Facility led by the World Health Organization, its regional branch said on Wednesday, reported Reuters.

According to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), COVAX aims to deploy at least 2 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines by the end of 2021.

Brazil is experiencing a new increase in COVID-19 cases and deaths, and Uruguay has seen spikes in areas bordering Brazil, said PAHO.

Uruguay COVID-19 cases rise

Uruguay, that once was a relative coronavirus-free zone in hard-hit Latin America, is starting to see a worrying rise in cases, sparking concern among government officials. As Reuters reported, COVID-19 cases have jumped in Uruguay in the last month, crossing 100 daily cases for the first time on Tuesday.

According to PAHO, Covid-19 cases have decreased in most Andean countries and Argentina continues to see a sharp decrease.