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One in four Covid-19 deaths last week was in the Americas, says PAHO director

April 28, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Residents wait in line to receive the Sinovac's CoronaVac coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at the community Quilombo Quilomba, descendants of African slaves, in Mage, Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil April 7, 2021. Picture taken April 7, 2021. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares

The coronavirus's uncontrolled spread through the Americas accounted for a major part of all global Covid-19 deaths last week, according to Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director Carissa Etienne.

(CNN)The coronavirus's uncontrolled spread through the Americas accounted for a major part of all global Covid-19 deaths last week, according to Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director Carissa Etienne.

"One in four Covid deaths reported worldwide last week took place right here, in the Americas," she said at a virtual press conference on Wednesday.

"Nearly every country in Central America is reporting a rise in infections. "

New coronavirus variants are helping drive the surge in infections across the region, while slow vaccination rollouts -- due in part to lack of vaccine availability -- pose additional setbacks for a number of countries in the Americas.

As of this week, more than 317 million vaccine doses have been administered across 49 countries and territories in the region, according to Etienne.

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