Many Latin American countries now among those with highest rates of vaccination

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(CNN)Many countries successful Latin America were deed with soaring Covid-19 decease rates aboriginal successful the pandemic, arsenic coronavirus raged passim the region. The tide is turning successful galore Latin American nations today, wherever vaccination rates are outpacing countries successful Europe and North America and helping thrust down deaths.

The vaccine rollout was dilatory astatine the start, with conscionable getting the vaccines successful manus a large issue. Just six months ago, Latin America and the Caribbean were reporting conscionable nether fractional of each Covid-19 related deaths worldwide. Now, the portion accounts for astir 10% of Covid-19 related deaths, according to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University.

That's owed to the accelerated transportation of European, American, Chinese and homegrown vaccines that a fig of Latin American nations person received successful the 2nd fractional of this year, according to Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) data.

    Cuba, Chile and Brazil are among the apical 10 countries globally successful presumption of those afloat vaccinated, according to statistic compiled by PAHO.

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      One crushed for those palmy vaccination campaigns tin beryllium chalked up to history: Many countries successful Latin America person long-standing and trusted nationalist inoculation drives against different diseases, specified arsenic polio.

      Cuba has, perhaps, fared champion successful this regard, with its stake connected its homegrown vaccines -- approved for exigency usage by its cause regulators this summertime -- paying off.

      The state has the highest complaint of vaccination successful the portion -- and 1 of the highest successful the satellite -- with 84.1% of its inhabitants afloat vaccinated, according to PAHO. In September, Cuba became the archetypal successful the satellite to statesman the wide vaccination of kids arsenic young arsenic 2 against Covid.

      Scientists accidental the Cuban-made vaccines are harmless and effectual successful preventing superior unwellness and death. The authorities applied for World Health Organization support for its vaccines successful September.

      Meanwhile Brazil, home to 1 of the highest Covid-19 decease rates successful the world, has emerged from its darkest days of the pandemic with a palmy vaccination drive. Major cities similar Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo person seen much than 99% of the big colonisation person astatine slightest 1 dose of the vaccine, Reuters reports.

      Brazil has administered much than 315 cardinal doses, with 65.7% of the colonisation afloat vaccinated, according to PAHO information up to December 23.

      Chile's grounds is adjacent amended -- with 85.6% of the colonisation afloat vaccinated. Uruguay has vaccinated 76.6% of its inhabitants and Argentina's vaccination rates beryllium astatine 70%.

      In Ecuador, 69.1% of its eligible colonisation is already afloat vaccinated. There, Covid-19 vaccinations volition beryllium made mandatory for radical who are eligible for the vaccine from ages 5 and older, the Ecuadorian wellness ministry said connected Thursday, becoming the archetypal state successful Latin America to enforce specified measurement for the full eligible population. The vaccination volition not beryllium mandatory for those with pre-existing aesculapian conditions, the wellness ministry connection said.

      And successful Peru, which has suffered the highest complaint of Covid-19 deaths anyplace successful the world, 63.9% of the eligible colonisation is present afloat vaccinated.

      Regionally, implicit 868 cardinal doses person been administered arsenic of December 22 successful Latin America and the Caribbean, PAHO reported, with astir 57% of Latin America and the Caribbean's colonisation afloat vaccinated. That compares to 67.8% successful Europe and 61.3% successful the United States.

      Uneven rates

      Still, PAHO warns that vaccination remains uneven crossed the Latin America and Caribbean region, "with a fistful of countries improbable to scope the 40% vaccination people by the extremity of the twelvemonth and galore conscionable supra the 50% threshold of afloat COVID-19 immunization."

      Countries that are continuing to conflict with their rollouts see Jamaica and French Guyana, wherever 18.7% and 25.4% of radical are afloat vaccinated. Among the larger countries successful the region, Mexico has lone conscionable passed the 50% threshold.

      And arsenic the Omicron variant spreads, similar successful overmuch of the world, Latin America is opening to spot a spike successful reported cases. In the week to December 23, the Americas (which includes the United States and Canada) reported implicit 1.1 cardinal caller Covid-19 infections -- a 6% summation successful cases from the erstwhile week.

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      However, overmuch of that emergence was driven by cases successful the US, with PAHO reporting an wide lawsuit driblet successful South America of 10.7% successful cases and a 6.3% alteration successful deaths successful that week.

      Bolivia was the outlier, reporting a crisp summation successful cases, arsenic did immoderate parts of the Caribbean, wherever a PAHO investigation showed cases accrued by 16%.

        As good arsenic imported vaccines, Latin America is present producing much of its own. This month, PAHO Director General Carissa Etienne welcomed WHO support of an AstraZeneca vaccine jointly produced by Argentina and Mexico -- the archetypal successful Latin America.

        "This is an important milestone for Latin America and highlights the value of exertion transportation to summation the availability of prime COVID-19 vaccines successful the region," Etienne said.

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