More than 70,000 COVID vaccine doses reaches Barbados from US

The island country of Barbados has received its first tranche of over 70,000 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine as a donation and part of the United States government to distribute fair vaccines to the needy nations in the difficult times of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Barbados: The island country of Barbados has received its first tranche of over 70,000 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine as a donation and part of the United States government to distribute fair vaccines to the needy nations in the difficult times of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The COVID-19 vaccine’s first shipment arrived at the Grantley Adams International Airport on Friday at approximately 10:15 a.m. onboard a DHL aircraft.

Acting Prime Minister Santia Bradshaw, Health Minister Lt. Col. Jeffrey Bostic, US Ambassador Linda Taglialatela, Coordinators of the National Vaccine Programme, Major David Clarke and Dr Elizabeth Ferdinand and other Government officials, were present at the airport for handing the COVID-19 vaccines.

Besides this, various other member states of CARICOM, such as – the Bahamas, St Kitts and Nevis, and Trinidad and Tobago, have also received their first tranche of the novel coronavirus vaccines. An equity share of the vaccines would be distributed among the 15 Caribbean nations by the US government.

Additionally, six new COVID-19 infections were reported on the island country, taking the total number of the confirmed cases to 4,515 so far.
A total of 48 patients died on the island country amid the coronavirus pandemic.

While a total of 104 individuals are in isolation. So far, the public health laboratory has carried out 236,090 tests across the nation.

Till now, according to the statistics, in total, 100,917 first doses have been administered under the National Vaccination Programme for COVID-19.

Meanwhile, a total of 84,223 people (or 31.1 per cent of the population) have received their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and are fully vaccinated now against the contagious virus.

The Barbados government so far has not taken any decision on making the COVID-19 vaccine mandatory for the citizens.

On Monday evening, while addressing in the first of several town hall meetings on COVID-19 vaccinations and testing protocols, Acting Attorney General – Wilfred Abrahams stated that forced vaccinations were neither plan nor policy for the Mottley administration.