Dominica receives 1st trench of 46,800 Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine from the US

Dominica receives 1st trench of 46,800 Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine from the US
Dominica receives 1st trench of 46,800 Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine from the US

Dominica received the donation of 11,700 COVID-19 Pfizer vaccines from the United States of America on Tuesday. This donation would help the Government of Dominica to fight the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak. Vaccines reached at the Douglas Charles International Airport via FedEx aircraft.

Out of the promised 46,800 doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, the US sent 11,700 at the first trench. 35,100 left doses would reach the island in a short time.

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and Health Minister Dr Irwing McIntyre both were present at the airport. They both helped the staff while unloading the vaccine from the aircraft.

PM Skerrit said that this donation arrived at the right time as the country had reached its limits of the vaccine doses during the recent outbreak of COVID-19. At this time, the other countries in the world should get together and help each other during this COVID-19 pandemic.

According to PM Skerrit, the administration would be implementing every protocol and measure those would be in favour of the citizens on the island.

PM Skerrit said that these donated doses would perform as additional support in fighting with coronavirus. He noted that 44.6% of the adult population in Dominica is fully vaccinated.

PM Roosevelt Skerrit said, “We face a common threat across the world; it is important that we collaborate and assist each other in the crisis. Our response to COVID-19 has always been proactive and forward-thinking.”

PM Skerrit urged that all parents and guardians register their children ages ranging from 12 years and over for the vaccination over for the Pfizer vaccine. Dominica is also carrying out drive-thru testing with assistance from GMED Global- A US-based firm that delivers health care services worldwide.

Minister of Health, Wellness and New Health Investment Dr Irving Mcintyre said that Dominica is thankful for the donation. He said the support came at a high time when the country is operating on its vaccine roll-out plans.

Dave Schnier, Deputy Chief of Mission for the US Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados, stated that donating vaccines to Dominica is a symbol of partnership. He said the US had earlier made available 28,800 doses of Astrazeneca to Dominica through the COVAX facility.