80% herd immunity target set by CARICOM against COVID pandemic 

The CARICOM heads have ended their two-day annual meeting on Tuesday. While ending the meet, the announcement was that they target 80 per cent herd immunity from COVID-19 in the Caribbean region by December 31, following the concerns about COVID-19 vaccine supply.

Caribbean Region: The CARICOM heads have ended their two-day annual meeting on Tuesday. While ending the meet, the announcement was that they target 80 per cent herd immunity from COVID-19 in the Caribbean region by December 31, following the concerns about COVID-19 vaccine supply.

New Chairman of the CARICOM, Gaston Browne, asserted that “The governments are determined to obtain the target as he announced plans to continue a set of incentive measures, including the cutting taxes for intra-regional travel and placing a travel bubble to assist the nations that the tourism-dependent economies have badly hit.”

The CARICOM Region has a population of 19 million though massively disputed by Haiti, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago (all considering for more than 80% of the figure).

Following the last meeting of the virtual meeting, the prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda – PM Gaston Browne at a press briefing, “Our priorities are equal access to the COVID-19 vaccines and how we tackle with the emerging COVID-19 variants.”

He further explained that CARICOM’s reliance is built on the causes individual governments have been employing to access vaccine donations from the United States, the Africa Medical Supplies Platform – AMSP, and COVAX, the global vaccine sharing programme.

“The world is opening upon us, and we have to move quickly to achieve herd immunity so that we can curb the further spread of COVID-19 and its variants. We have to move assiduously to try and avoid further hospitalisation and deaths,” the CARICOM chairman further asserted. 

Around 3.1 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccines have been sworn to CARICOM through the AMSP, a 100% increase over the past commitment.

COVAX, in the meantime, values 35 per cent of the total vaccines obtained by the CARICOM population, which means the quantity has come from bilateral donations.

Vaccines donations by the United States are required to be in the Caribbean region by the end of this month.