St Kitts and Nevis, the Bahamas and Trinidad and Tobago receive doses of Pzifer COVID-19 vaccines from the government of the United States. The donation of vaccines arrived on August 12 2021.
St Kitts and Nevis have received 11,700 doses, Bahamas – 128,700 and Trinidad and Tobago – 305,270. Despite this, the US government is also providing a fair share of the coronavirus vaccine to Barbados, St Vincent and the Grenadines and to Antigua and Barbuda, which are most likely to arrive today.
This is the first tranche of the COVID-19 vaccines provided by the US government in order to assist the impoverished nations in helping to fight the contagious coronavirus.
Prime Minister of the beneficiary island countries who have received the COVID-19 doses thanked the United States administration for the gesture.
SKN Prime Minister – Timothy Harris with Minister of Health – Akilah Byron-Nisbett, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health Dr Delores Stapleton-Harris & CMO Dr Hazel Laws were present at RLB International Airport to receive 11,700 doses of the PfizerVaccine from the United States of America.
While the Bahamas Prime Minister – Dr Hubert Minnis, received the vaccines at the Jet Nassau FBO with United States Embassy Nassau, The Bahamas Charge d’Affaires Usha Pitts. He added, “The Bahamas now as the vaccines to meet the demand that exists. What we need now is Bahamians to come forward quickly to take the vaccine.”
Prime Minister Minnis Charge d’Affaires Pitts was joined by the Minister of Foreign Affairs – Darren Henfield, Minister of Health – Renward Wells, Bahamas High Commissioner to CARICOM Reuben Rahming, and other health and government officials.
In addition, Jamaica is all set to receive a total of 600,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine in three tranches of 200,000 each starting next week, Tuesday, August 17, 2021, from the US government.
The Caribbean nations are one of the highest who has been highly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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