Posted: Monday, June 28, 2021. 1:48 pm CST.
By Zoila Palma: UNICEF regional director for Latin America and the Caribbean, Jean Gough issued a statement saying that UNICEF welcomes the donation of 1.5 million COVID-19 vaccine doses from the U.S. to Honduras.
The donation was made via the COVAX dose sharing facility.
UNICEF further calls for more largescale vaccine donations, in particular to hard-hit Latin America and the Caribbean.
Gough said that the donation represents long-awaited relief for the country since less than 62,000 Hondurans are fully vaccinated.
“The United States should be applauded for stepping up to support Honduras, the region, and the world,” Gough said.
“Over 30 percent of the world’s COVID-19 deaths are now found in Latin America and the Caribbean where cases are soaring, even among younger age group. Yet, less than 11 per cent of the population of the hard-hit region is fully vaccinated,” Gough added.
In addition, more than 100 million children in Latin America and the Caribbean are still out of the classroom due to the pandemic.
Gough further called on equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.
“In the coming weeks and months, further scaling up COVID-19 donations by well-supplied countries, including through largescale dose-sharing to Latin America and the Caribbean, is vital to help end the acute phase of the pandemic,” she stated.
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