Jamaica has welcomed its first shipment of Pfizer vaccines from the Republic of France. The vaccines which were procured under the COVAX facility will arrive in two tranches, which totals to 650,000 doses.
The donation was received by the Jamaican Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr Christopher Tufton. The donation was facilitated via the COVAX facility, as per the tweet of the health ministry.
Along with Minister Tufton, Senator Leslie Campbell, State Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Olivier Guyonvarch, Ambassador of the French Republic to Jamaica and Mr Ian Stein, PAHO/WHO Representatives to Jamaica, Bermuda, and the Cayman Islands were there accompany Minister Tufton to witness the arrival of vaccines at the Norman Manley International Airport in the Kingston.
As per the statement released by the Ministry of Health and Wellness, “We are grateful for this kind donation of the Republic of France to Jamaica, as we continue to combat COVID-19. A key component to that response is the administration of vaccines to reduce the severity and impact that virus has caused not just on the health of the citizens, but on the social and economic well being of the citizens as well.”
Along with the Pfizer vaccines, Jamaica has been administering the doses of the AstraZeneca, Johnson and Johnson and Sinopharm as well.
As per the data, Jamaica holds for over 23 per cent of completely vaccinated people.