Updates & Emerging Issues

Federal health officials on Friday updated public guidance about how the coronavirus spreads, emphasizing that transmission occurs by inhaling very fine respiratory droplets and aerosolized particles, as well as through contact with sprayed droplets or touching contaminated hands to one’s mouth, nose or eyes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now states explicitly —

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ORGANISATION OF EASTERN CARIBBEAN STATES REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST NAME OF PROJECT – OECS REGIONAL HEALTH PROJECT GRANT NO.: D513 Assignment Title: Assessment, Development and Implementation of Laboratory Specimen Transportation Agreements, Policies and Legislation in the OECS Reference No. LC-OECS COMMISSION-148796-CS-QCBS The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) has received financing from the World

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Vaccines not procured through government purchases from certified providers and offered by authorized national immunization circuits are presumed to be counterfeit and dangerous to health. Washington, DC, April 22, 2021 (PAHO)- The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) urges people to get vaccinated against COVID-19 only through national immunization programs and officially authorized mechanisms and warns that

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What a vaccine’s “efficacy rate” actually means. In the US, the first two available Covid-19 vaccines were the ones from Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna. Both vaccines have very high “efficacy rates,” of around 95%. But the third vaccine introduced in the US, from Johnson & Johnson, has a considerably lower efficacy rate: just 66%. Look at

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“Nearly 2.3 million COVAX doses will arrive in at least seven countries in our region in the next days and weeks.” Washington, D.C., March 10, 2021 (PAHO) – PAHO Director Carissa F. Etienne welcomed the expansion of the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines in the Americas and reported that PAHO is working closely with member countries

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CARIBBEAN Public Health Agency (CARPHA) executive director Dr Joy St John on Monday praised Caricom heads of government for leading the region’s charge to protect its people against the ravages of the covid19 pandemic and ensure equitable access to covid19 vaccines. Among the leaders praised by St John were the Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister,

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Dr Farley Cleghorn says: The only way to end the pandemic and to return to some semblance of normalcy is by vaccination. ANSA McAl has embarked on a regional public awareness campaign aimed at promoting the benefits of immunization in anticipation of the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. As a part of this campaign, Dr.

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