Saint Kitts and Nevis: Saint Kitts and Nevis island – Prime Minister – Dr. the Hon Timothy Harris talks about the urgent need for equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines at the sixth ACT-Accelerator Facilitation Council meeting, held on 12 May 2021.
The PM further stated, “As the CARICOM Head with responsibility for Health and as Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis, I am vested to sit on this body, but I am disappointed that my Region has not received vaccines from COVAX in a timely manner.”
“Overall, the CARICOM region has had fewer cases of COVID-19
virus and fewer deaths than most regions, but that has been at the expense of our economic sector. We have been hardest hit in terms of decline on our economies as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic and the near devastation of the tourism sec tor.”
Other issues that were underlined by Prime Minister Harris
during his address to the ACT-Accelerator Facilitation Council Meeting included the – rearrangement of allocation to countries and redistribution of excess vaccines and vaccines for children.
On this, he further asserted, “This is my short- term solution, the reallocation of excess vaccines to countries needing them. The children are suffering from this disease. The cases of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children -MIS-C are alarmingly high in CARICOM region as we have been tracking this across our nations.”
The ACT-Accelerator Facilitation Council Meeting is organised towards bringing – multilateral stakeholders together in an attempt to identify barriers and strategies for increasing uptake and use of COVID-19 tools at the nation level and to supervise the COVAX task force on strategies to expand the production of COVID-19 vaccine.
Chief Medical Officer – Dr Hazel Laws also attended The ACT-Accelerator Facilitation Council Meet and promoted by – Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization- WHO.