Some countries in Latin America, including Brazil, Chile, and Cuba, are less likely to face the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, as they have higher vaccination rates than Europe and North America.
In the Brazilian cities of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, more than 99% of adults have received at least one dose of the vaccine.
Thanks to its homegrown vaccine, Cuba seems to have achieved herd immunity. More than 85% of its population is fully vaccinated, according to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).
The communist country has even begun inoculating kids more than two-years-old.
Cuba has now urged the World Health Organization (WHO) to provide emergency approval for its vaccine Abdala, which is believed to be the cheapest shot in the world.
Chile, Uruguay, and Argentina, also seem to have achieved herd immunity, with more than 70% of their population fully vaccinated.
However, some Caribbean countries, including Jamaica, are still facing shortages in vaccine doses.
Despite the emergence of the highly contagious Omicron variant, Latin America and the Caribbean are not seeing a sudden surge in the number of new COVID cases.
Bolivia is an exception, though. The South American country has seen a sudden surge in cases in this first week of 2022.