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"Keeping up with measures that suppress transmission are hard but even more critical now."
WHO officials said variant spread could outpace vaccines, even in countries with high vaccine coverage.
Argentina reports record deaths as activity continues to flare in places like Brazil, areas of Central America, and some Caribbean islands.
The WHO announces a vaccine campaign in Haiti and $1 million in funding for Yemen.
About two thirds of the 38,000 new cases reported last week were in the Dominican Republic.
Cases in the Americas now total almost 475,000, with the Dominican Republic accounting for most of last week's rise.
Suspected and confirmed cases now total 355,617, an increase of 48,780.
The outbreak total climbs to 306,837 cases, a 42,393-case increase.
Cases rose sharply last week, led by the Dominican Republic and Haiti.
Cases of the mosquito-borne disease in the region grew by more than 35,000 in 1 week.
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