Castries: St Lucia received its first batch of COVID-19 vaccines from the COVAX facility.
The 24,000 doses of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine arrived at Hewanorra International Airport on Wednesday, 7 April.
According to St. Lucia’s health officials, the new group will receive more than 20,000 Saint Lucians who welcomed their second vaccine.
“We are grateful that today we received just over 24,000 doses through our first group of COVAX and are equally grateful to PAHO and all the agencies that made it possible,” said Prime Minister Allen Chastanet.
“When the COVID-19 pandemic broke out and there was talk of developing vaccines to fight infections, one of the biggest concerns, especially in the developing states of Little Islands like ours, was the likelihood that we do not have access to such vaccines in international agencies have shared these concerns, and COVAX was therefore born with the aim of ensuring global and equitable access to these vaccines.”
The COVAX facility coordinates international resources to enable low- to middle-income countries fair access to COVID-19 tests, treatments and vaccines.
More than 165 countries, representing 60 percent of the human population, have joined COVAX.
“St. Lucia, along with other countries in the Caribbean region, is fortunate to be eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccines through the COVAX mechanism among more than 90 low- and middle-income countries,” Chastanet said.