Antigua and Barbuda: To combat exogenous COVID-19, Antigua and Barbuda received 24,000 shots of Oxford Astra Zeneca vaccines COVAX through (the Pan American Health Organization) PAHO.
At the arrival of vaccines, Hon. Gaston Browne, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Her Excellency Lindsy Thompson and Consuls General,
Ministry of Health Officials to include the Chief Medical Officer Dr Rhonda Sealey-Thomas and Permanent Secretary Ms Ena Henry, Hon. Sir. Molwyn Joseph & The Hon. E. P. Chet Greene were present.
These past 3 days are the most pre-eminent milestone for PAHO. In the last week of January, the COVAX, an association led by WHO and Gavi, assured equal access to COVID-19 vaccines reported by PAHO. PAHO Caribbean already delivered the shipment of COVID-19 vaccines to Jamaica, Bahamas, Guyana, Belize, Trinidad and Tobago, St Kitts and Nevis, Dominica, Barbados.
The Caribbean islands were already in the inadequacy of vaccines for its target population. The munificent gift of authorities will assist these domains in inoculating the target population to accomplish herd immunity.
On the other hand, 9 countries will receive 280,800 Oxford Astra Zeneca vaccines under COVAX through PAHO. Costa Rica will also obtain enough amount of shots to inoculate its population.
Earlier, On March 1, under the Vaccine Maitri programme, Antigua and Barbuda secured 40,000 jabs of Oxford Astra Zeneca vaccines.
Due to the lack of prohibition on the borders of Antigua and Barbuda, the nation encountered a spike in lethal coronavirus cases. PAHO’s promise to make equity of vaccines in the nation will help to fight COVID-19.
The government already issued As previously declared, 14,000 shots will be separated from this arriving consignment to replenish vaccines that were utilized under Phase 1 of the national COVID-19 vaccination drive. This will guarantee that all 27,000 doses are in place for second jabs in May. They have already planned the vaccination drive centers for the vaccination.