Jamaica: India is exploring arrangements with Jamaica to provide an adequate number of vaccines.
Jamaica has witnessed more than usual cases of coronavirus. This results in an immediate need for vaccines in the nation.
In an interaction with JIS (Jamaica Information Service ), High Commissioner said, “With the COVID situation now, vaccines are on the card. We are the biggest vaccine manufacturer in the world. Our capacity is huge; it is 300 million per month. So we can think of collaborating in this area by sharing our products or by sharing our experiences.”
He added, “The manufacturing cost for vaccines in India is cheaper than in other countries.” Further, he remarked, “This is because of the capacity that we have. We have capitals of scale because of our population.”
India was among countries cited by Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. Christopher Tufton, in a Parliament statement on January 12 that the Government will enter into respective discussions with, to determine their level of support and the best arrangements for acquisition and delivery of safe vaccines to the population.
India is among the countries which provided COVID-19 vaccines to many countries. Dominica and Barbados respective Prime Ministers wrote a letter seeking Oxford, AstraZeneca vaccine, which is commonly called as covishield.
High Commissioner Shri R. Masakui reached out to thousands of #Jamaicans through the Virtual 'Religious Liberty Congress' of the East Jamaica Conference today
— India in Jamaica (@hcikingston) January 23, 2021
The official site of (Indian in Jamaica) Twitter posted, “High Commissioner Shri R. Masakui reached out to thousands of #Jamaicans through the Virtual’ Religious Liberty Congress’ of the East Jamaica Conference today He invited them to visit the Pan-Jamaican #IndiaDay FREE Medical Camps on January 31 in 14 locations across 9 Parishes.”
Out of newly confirmed COVID-19, 68 new cases, 29 males and 39 females ranging from two to 76. The lethal coronavirus cases were reported in Kingston and St Andrew and St Catherine (15 each), Clarendon (nine), Manchester (eight), St Ann and St James (six each), St Elizabeth and Westmoreland (three each), St Mary (two) and Hanover (one). Jamaica also recorded 34 recoveries making the total number of recoveries to 11,777.