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Posted: Thursday, July 29, 2021. 11:07 am CST.

By Aaron Humes: The Pan American Health Organization’s (PAHO) weekly report states that over 1.26 million COVID-19 cases and nearly 29,000 deaths were reported in the Americas in the past week.

But according to director Dr. Carissa Etienne, while infections mount, “our region has yet to access the vaccines it needs to keep our populations safe…So far, just 16.6% of the population of Latin America and the Caribbean has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.”

Argentina, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, and Paraguay are among countries reporting the world’s highest weekly death rates.

The Mexican states of Baja California Sur, Quintana Roo and Yucatan are reporting a rise in new infections. In Central America, cases are reportedly accelerating in Guatemala and remain high in Panama. Cuba is experiencing higher COVID-19 infection and death rates than at any point in the pandemic, and all age groups are affected.

Cases are decreasing among several South American countries, although hotspots have been reported in Argentinian provinces bordering Bolivia and Chile, and in Colombia’s Amazon region.

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