Risk of a New COVID-19 Variant ‘Is Real’, Says PAHO Director

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – The risk of a new COVID-19 variant appearing “is real”, said Dr. Jarbas Barbosa, director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) in a press conference on Thursday.

Barbosa said “we are not out of the woods” yet when it comes to COVID-19, and that the region needs to continue implementing vaccinations, noting that uptake for COVID-19 boosters was seeing a continued decline.

(Reporting by Steven Grattan; Editing by Sarah Morland)

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