U.S. starts five-day mission with Bahamas

The United States and the Bahamas started a joint five-day mission initiative to distribute covid-19 vaccines to the other eight family islands: Mayaguana, Acklins Island, Cat Island, Crooked Island, Long Island, Inagua, Bimini, and Eleuthera on Monday 26 April.

Bahamas: The United States and the Bahamas started a joint five-day mission initiative to distribute covid-19 vaccines to the other eight family islands: Mayaguana, Acklins Island, Cat Island, Crooked Island, Long Island, Inagua, Bimini, and Eleuthera on Monday 26 April.

The mission contains a duration of five days, that is, from (April 26-30). On the first day of the mission, will distribute 3,200 vaccine doses to the Bahamians in need of the remote islands. The effort underscores how deep and how wide the partnership between the United States and The Bahamas is.

On the first day, Monday morning, the first stop where vaccines were handed was the remote island of Mayaguana, nearly 330 miles away from New Providence.

The U.S. Embassy partnered with the Bahamas’ COVID-19 Vaccine Coordination Committee, Rhode Island National Guard, with the Ministry of Health, and health professionals on the ground on various islands to carry out this five-day joint mission to distribute vaccines.

The aircraft for the mission was provided by The Rhode Island National Guard —a C-12 plane, capable of carrying 1650lbs of passengers and cargo and aircrew.

The Northern Command of U.S. (NORTHCOM) joined the mission with a donation of specialized coolers, valued at $40,000, to keep the vaccines viable and their proper transportation. The Bahamas’ COVID-19 virus Vaccine Consultative Committee worked with the Ministry of Health to decide a distribution plan and the needed locations. The U.S. Embassy brought everybody together to assist execute the joint mission plan to distribute vaccines.

Usha Pitts- U.S. Chargé d’Affaires and PM of Bahamas- Honourable Hubert Minnis met at Odyssey International Airport to launch the mission, along with Dr Merceline Dahl Regis- Chairperson of the National COVID-19 Vaccine Consultative Committee, U.S. Embassy Senior Defense Official Commander Kevin Self, Rhode Island National Guard’s-Major Philip Aubin and other vital members of the joint effort.

the Rhode Island National Guard has partnered with the Bahamas since 2006,—primarily the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF)—through the Department of Defense’s State Partnership Program (SPP).

The SPP pairs the National Guard of a U.S. state or territory with a partner country’s military and security forces but can help in other areas, as well.