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World: South America, Vaccination Champion

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After having experienced fruitful mortality rates in the first months of the pandemic South America has put in place an effective vaccination policy. At the point of appearing, according to the data of the website Our World in date, at the top of the most vaccinated regions in the world.

with a total of 63.3% of the population having followed a complete vaccination scheme against CVIV-19, the South America has become, according to data disseminated on Monday, December 27, a leading region in vaccination against this epidemic that strikes the whole planet. Europe occupies second place with 60.70%. Conversely, the figure reaches only 8.8% for Africa.

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The Our World in Data, site that collects COVID-19 data from the world's health authorities, recalls that contamination and mortality rates have fallen sharply in comparison with those recorded mid-2021. At that time, Latin America - which extends from Mexico to Patagonia - and the Caribbean totaled nearly half of cases and deaths identified on the entire globe.

The summer conditions currently facing South American countries, which account for about 422 million inhabitants, participate in the net improvement found in the last five months. But this one holds mainly to the rapid establishment of vaccination campaigns.

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Your Browser Does Not Support This speed of execution can be explained by different factors. Paulo Lotufo, Brazilian epidemiologist and professor of the University of Sao Paolo, believes that decades of immunization against diseases such as smallpox, meningitis, poliomyelitis and measles have laid the groundwork for a mass vaccination infrastructure and Created a climate of trust near most of the inhabitants. In some important cities, including Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paolo, more than 99% of the adult population received at least one dose of coronavirus vaccine. Local authorities emphasize that Brazil, terribly affected in 2020, has a "culture of the vaccine". And this situation would explain the first place of the region in front of Europe, which offers easier access to vaccination.

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despite these good results, the region is still far from exiting the health crisis. On the one hand because the rate of 63.3% remains well below the 80% advanced goal by many scientists to achieve collective immunity. And on the other hand because the disparities remain strong between the countries of the US subcontinent. While chili cakes in the lead with a rate of 85.78% completely vaccinated people, Bolivia displays for example a result of 38.31%. In Ecuador,

where funeral services had quickly found saturated after the beginning of the epidemic

, the figure reaches 70.27%, two points in France (72.90%).

Another concern concerns, according to epidemiologists, the type of vaccines used. In countries like Uruguay or Brazil, the authorities, initially, above all supported Chinese vaccines that are less effective in the virus than those of Pfizer / Biontech or Moderna. And as the rest of the world, South America must now learn to manage a new threat with the wave of the qualified Omicron variant of "tsunami" by Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director General of the World Health Organization.

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