At a time when many Argentines who were vaccinated with Sputnik V They are advancing their trips to USA and Europe, on the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) they criticized countries that impose entry restrictions depending on immunization. “This does not offer any additional protection and it can be and is a barrier for people“, he claimed Jarbas Barbosa da Silva, Deputy Director of the OPS.
During the 59th meeting of the Directing Council of PAHO, the regional ministers of Health endorsed the resolution that establishes that vaccination should not be used as a barrier, since they affirmed that it would be discriminatory.
“WHO and PAHO do not recommend using the type of vaccine that the person has taken to establish any travel barriers. This does not offer any additional protection and can be and is a barrier for people, “he said. Barbosa da Silva during a press conference.
In this sense, the specialist assured that the world is experiencing “a situation where there is so much inequality in access to vaccines, that any additional request for vaccines can be a barrier that increases and increases inequality of access for people.”
The PAHO representative further stated that “expanding access to vaccines in all countries is better than starting to impose barriers that are going to make it difficult and segregate certain countries and people ”.
In addition, to substantiate his statements, he stressed that the only vaccine that is endorsed to allow or deny access to a country, according to international health regulatory frameworks, is yellow fever.
Sinovac joins the Covax mechanism and new shipments to Latin America are prepared
For its part, Director General of PAHO, Carisa Etienne, announced that the covax background, of which Argentina is also part, is in advanced negotiations with the Chinese laboratory that produces Sinovac to acquire 8.5 million doses by 2021 and 80 million more doses by 2022.
“We have started accepting orders that will be ready for delivery this year., and we hope to sign new agreements in the coming days to buy vaccines from other suppliers for 2021 and 2022, ″ stated Etienne.
The agency also pointed out that the criteria for the assignment of 120 million doses of other Covid-19 vaccines, which will be destined to countries with vaccination coverage of 10% or less of its vulnerable population, among which are Haiti, Nicaragua and Jamaica.
While for November and December the donation of other 600 million doses; of which 50% will be destined for countries with vaccination rates of less than 20% of their vulnerable population, with which they seek to benefit 7 more countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.
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