Stevian Simmonds reports

The Pan American Health Organization, PAHO, says several countries in the Americas are experiencing a resurgence in COVID-19 cases which may be worse than the first outbreak.

During a media briefing this morning, PAHO Director, Dr. Carissa Etienne, says despite the distribution of vaccines, several countries are still seeing a surge in coronavirus cases.

According to Dr. Etienne, this indicates that some countries are still struggling to control the spread of the virus.

She added that the numbers are alarming.

However, Dr. Etienne is still positive that countries across the region can curtail the spread even if they should have a second outbreak.

Dr. Etienne notes that the safety protocols recommended by the World Health Organization and PAHO are sufficient.

Dr. Etienne is urging governments not to be complacent at this time, because they have not yet past the worst.

She adds that leaders should commit to the task at hand despite the challenges.

Meanwhile, Dr. Etienne says PAHO is tracking the supply and demand of vaccines because some manufacturers have hiked the prices for the commodity.

Dr. Carissa Etienne, PAHO Director