Despite global shortage, SKN government secured 40,000 doses in first instance: PM Harris

During the monthly press conference, Prime Minister - Timothy Harris asserted that despite the worldwide shortage of the COVID-19 vaccines, the government of St Kitts and Nevis was able to provide 40,000 doses of vaccine in the first instance.

Saint Kitts and Nevis: During the monthly press conference, Prime Minister – Timothy Harris asserted that despite the worldwide shortage of the COVID-19 vaccines, the government of St Kitts and Nevis was able to provide 40,000 doses of vaccine in the first instance.

PM Harris cited, “Our health professionals repeatedly warned that despite our best efforts, it was only a matter of time prior to the virus got into the community, and we wanted to make individually and collectively for this eventuality. Here in the Federation, we were prepared for the necessary, which was community spread.”

The Prime Minister also informed that 62.5 per cent of people above 18 years had received their first jab of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, and 24 per cent of the adult population has received their second jab of the COVID-19 vaccine and are fully vaccinated now.

“With the COVID-19 vaccine providing significant protection against COVID-19 and significant risk reduction from severe disease, hospitalization and death, we are well-positioned in this leg of the fight,” PM Harris.

PM Harris also urged people to follow the COVID-19 health guidelines to protect themselves and their families, such as social distancing, hand sanitizing and wearing masks.

Following the statement, the prime minister added that “Your Government procured vaccines to protect you and those who are unable to protect themselves. It is the best defence we have in our arsenal in the ongoing war against COVID-19.”

“I am happy that so many of our citizens and residents have heeded the call and came out in their quantities to be vaccinated. People of St Kitts and Nevis continue to exercise good judgment in protecting themselves, their loved ones and their communities.”

PM noted that the government of SKN has successfully opened all the major sectors of the economy and stated that “Most of the workers in manufacturing plants have returned to their jobs. Beyond employment, the manufacturing industry has contributed to foreign exchange with exports from January to April 2021, totalling $33 million, compared to $27.9 million for the comparative period of 2020. This shows an increase of 18 per cent.”