Bahamas: Bahama’s Health Minister -Renward Wells informed yesterday, on 27 April,2021 that Bahamas is hopeful that it would be among the recipients of the 60 million Oxford- AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines which the U.S. government intends to give to the other countries, even if that means purchasing the doses.
He further stated, “As mentioned in the international press, the United States would release 60 million doses of the COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine to the other countries over the next several months.”
“We are not sure that the Bahamas
would be a part of those nations, receiving the donation, but I don’t see a reason as to why we would not be.”
“I said earlier that The Bahamas is one of the five countries that sit on the borders of U.S., the U.S. had already given Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines to Mexico and Canada. The only other three counties that sit on its borders are Russia, Cuba, and The Bahamas. The Cubans are producing their own COVID-19 vaccines.”
Following the statement, he further added, “We have petitioned the US government, as was revealed by the US government that a lot of nations around the world were petitioning them to release their stores of AstraZeneca
“I am happy to hear the announcement that they are going to release 60 million doses of AstraZeneca to countries around the world and if it is by donation or whether they will sell the vaccines.”
According to the White House- they would release the Covid vaccines, after it clears safety reviews by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a move that is expected to occur in the coming days.
If we talk about the vaccines that were donated to the Bahamas, The island received a total of 53,600 Oxford- AstraZeneca doses half of which are booked to administer a second dose to vaccine recipient and another 25,000 doses of that have already been used for inoculations.