Finally good news for the American continent. More than half of its population has received the complete schedule of vaccination against covid-19, confirms the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).
Likewise, PAHO highlights the decrease in new infections and deaths in the last week, by 5 and 17% in the last week, respectively. However, the lack of vaccines in the Antilles and in some Central American countries slows progress. As well as slight rallies in the United States, Brazil and Colombia.
Peru vaccinates under the moonlight
But the governments of the region do not give up in the face of covid. Peru has decided to vaccinate day and night with the help of the Army. Despite exceeding 1,000 cases a day on Tuesday, the impact of the pandemic has been steadily decreasing since September thanks to the immunization of more than 60% of the population.
With the machinery at full throttle, Peru decreed that from next December 15 entry to closed public places will be prevented to those over 18 years of age who have not completed the vaccination schedule. In addition, public transport drivers and collectors, as well as those who provide home delivery services will only be able to do so if they have the vaccination doses.
There are currently 2,216,832 confirmed cases and the deaths reach 200,695, which has made the Andean country one of the nations with the highest mortality rate in the world.
Vaccination rate for children in the US triples that of adults
The rate of vaccination against covid-19 of children between 5 and 11 years of the United States triples that of adults when the campaign began, in view of the data provided this Wednesday by the White House, which shows that about one 10% of this population group has received the first dose in two weeks.
The coordinator of the response to the pandemic of the White House, Jeff Zients, indicated at a press conference that 2.6 million children between these ages will have received the first dose of the Pfizer / BioNTech Infant Serum at the end of the day on Wednesday.
Last week 1.7 million children were vaccinated in one week, which means three times higher than the adult vaccination rate when the immunization campaign began eleven months ago.
Eleven months after the start of the campaign, the percentage of adults with complete guidelines stands at 70%.
The immunization of children between 5 and 11 years old began just two weeks ago in the country, with the administration of serum from Pfizer / BioNTech, with lower potency than that of adults but which also requires two injections.
There are 28 million children between those ages across the United States, and the White House has already reported that it has doses for all of them.
Colombia plans to expand its health pass for those under 18 years of age
Colombia began to require the vaccination card of adults as of this week. It should be shown before entering restaurants, bars and nightclubs, also to attend mass events.
From next November 30, the document It will be extended to those under 18 years of age. The Colombian Government is studying applying it in other spaces such as churches or airplanes. This measure has produced a greater influx of vaccination centers.
The country registered 2,257 new covid-19 infections and 47 deaths on Wednesday, bringing the total number of infections to 5,038,544 and the fatalities due to the pandemic to 127,912. Only 45% of the population is fully vaccinated.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.