The Pan American Health Organization, PAHO, is calling on governments to implement more lock downs at this time to help curtail the spread of COVID-19 .

PAHO Director Dr. Carissa Etienne says some countries are seeing a reduction in COVID-19 cases because of the re-enforcement of the safety measures.

Dr. Etienne added that lock downs have been effective.

Dr. Etienne says countries should be focused on distributing the second dose of COVID-19 vaccine in the coming weeks.

She explained that 9 countries will be receiving vaccine shipments under the COVAX facility in short order, to begin the distribution of second doses.

Meanwhile the PAHO Director says vaccine distribution across the region has been smooth so far.

Dr. Carissa Etienne, PAHO Director.