BRASILIA, September 15 (Hfrance.fr) - While more and more adults are receiving their C vaccinesOVID-19, children who are not yet eligible for vaccination in most countries account for a higher percentage of hospitalizations and even deaths, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) warned on Wednesday.
Nine months after this year, infections among children and adolescents in the Americas have exceeded 1.9 million cases and face health risks important, said the regional arm of the World Health Organization (WHO).
Experts say pandemic has triggered worst education crisis never seen in the Americas due to lack of in-person schooling.
The COVID pandemic has also disrupted sexual and reproductive health services in more than half of the countries in the region, helping to fuel one of the biggest teenage pregnancy jumps seen ina decade, PAHO said.
Closures and economic disruption have increased the risk of domestic violence, and for many children, their homes may not to be a safe place, PAHO Director Carissa Etienne said during a briefing.
"Our children missed more more school days than children in any other region. Every day that children are not in-person school, the more likely they are to drop out and never go back to school ", a- she said.
So far the only WHO approved vaccine for adolescents is the Pfizer Inc (PFE.N) shot, while Moderna Inc (MRNA.O) has requested emergency use approval of its vaccine for 12-15 year olds, according to OPS A deputy director Jarbas Barbosa. read more
He said that Sinovac Biotech from China (SVA.O) and Sinopharm have also requested WHO approval or use of their vaccines for adolescents and children aged 3 to 17.
Some countries have started immunizing children and adolescents, such as Chile and Cuba, without waiting for WHO approval, Barbosa said.
Cuba began vaccinating adolescents this month with the goal of vaccinating over 90% of its population by December, and asncera to immunize children between the ages of 2 and 10 this week, becoming the first country in the world to immunize children under the age of six en masse. learn more
The communist-ruled Caribbean island is the only country in Latin America to develop vaccines against COVID-19: Abdala, given to most adult Cubans, Soberana-2, so far given mainly to adolescents and children, and the booster Soberana Plus.
They do not yet have WHO approval.
PAHO congratulated Chile, Uruguay and Colombia for their successful programs aimed at limiting the impact of the pandemic on young people.
"Children and adolescents across our region are at risk of becoming the generation that failedhealth, education and social opportunities, "said Etienne. Reporting by Anthony Boadle in Brasilia Editing by Matthew Lewis
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