The number of new Covid-19 infections dropped during the past month throughout the Americas, even though only 37 percent of the people in Latin America and the Caribbean are fully vaccinated, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said on Oct. 6.

Researchers at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) created a facemask using silver and copper nanolayers that neutralizes SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, the university’s official gazette said on Aug. 26.

A study in Science shed new light on the global epidemic obesity by evaluating nearly 650,000 exomes from the United Kingdom, United States and Mexico and identifying those with strong implications for body mass or obesity.

While the United States, Canada and Mexico are reporting overall reductions in Covid-19 cases and deaths, new infections are increasing in the rest of the Americas, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director Carissa Etienne said.

Covid-19 has caused 6.9 million deaths globally, more than double what official numbers show, according to an analysis by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington School of Medicine. IHME found that Covid-19 deaths are significantly underreported in almost every country.

Novavax Inc. said on April 5 participants in the company’s Covid-19 vaccine trials in South Africa and the UK can receive additional shots, ensuring those who received a placebo can also get the active vaccine.

Drug developer Novavax Inc. completed enrolling 30,000 volunteers in a late-stage study of the company’s Covid-19 vaccine in the United States and Mexico.

Novavax announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, to provide 1.1 billion doses of the company’s Covid-19 vaccine candidate NVX-CoV2373 for the COVAX Facility.

Mexico surpassed India in confirmed Covid-19 deaths on Jan. 29, giving the Latin American country the third-highest toll worldwide, according to a Reuters tally of official data.

More than 1 million people have died from Covid-19 in North and South America, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said.