PM Holness calls for equity access to COVID vaccine 

The Prime Minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness, has called on for the equity of access of the COVID-19 vaccines for Africa and the Caribbean nations.

Jamaica: The Prime Minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness, has called on for the equity of access of the COVID-19 vaccines for Africa and the Caribbean nations.

PM Holness joined President Ramaphosa and the other African delegates on the occasion of the African Day celebration via webinar. The theme was for this year was – “A conversation with Africa, A destiny of peace, prosperity, strength and Unity.”

PM Holness stated that “Africa cannot be denied opportunities and nor the Caribbean countries if we are to truly advance the ethos than no one must be left behind,” while addressing the webinar on Africa Day.

He continued and stated that “It could not be morally justified that rich countries, many of whom gained their wealth and scientific advantage through the exploitation of Africa and its people, are now using this wealth and scientific advantage to hoard and stockpile vaccines while the poor and historically exploited and deprived countries wait in uncertainty to access equitable and consistent supplies, their populations are at risk and their economies on pause.”

He added that it would be the greatest setback for mankind if the inequitable distribution of the COVID-19 vaccines would cause an uneven recovery and a widening of the development gap between rich and poor worldwide.

Meanwhile, PM Holness also appreciated the government of the Republic of South Africa and President – Cyril Ramaphosa for establishing the African Vaccine Acquisition Trust and for launching the African Medical Supplies Platform.

With this, he also expressed his gratitude for their kindness as they allowed the Caribbean nations such as – Jamaica to have access and can participate in such initiatives.

Following the statement, he cited, “This has not only became a critical lifeline for our COVID-19 vaccination response but a flagship example of South-South Cooperation on critical developmental matters, leveraging the purchasing power of Africa as a whole on behalf of smaller, more dispersed populations.”