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Jamaica to start out getting COVID-19 vaccines this month

JAMAICA ought to begin getting its shipments of COVID-19 vaccines this month, primarily based on discussions between the Authorities and the Pan American Group (PAHO), in response to Well being and Wellness Minister Dr Christopher Tufton.

He informed the Jamaica Observer yesterday that discussions at the moment are beneath strategy to iron out the main points. Expectations are that the nation will likely be receiving a minimum of sufficient doses to cowl the greater than 440,000 folks within the classes of Jamaicans well being authorities need to obtain the photographs first.

At a required two doses per individual, an estimated 677,033 doses of the vaccine can be wanted. Well being officers stated final week that the usage of mounted vaccination centres at hospitals and well being centres, in addition to cell groups at outposts to get individuals immunised will likely be utilised.

Jamaica is amongst 36 international locations from the Latin American and Caribbean area which have now obtained letters from the Pan American Well being Group (PAHO) notifying them of the estimated variety of doses of AstraZeneca vaccine that they might be receiving from the second half of this month via the second quarter of 2021.

PAHO suggested on the weekend that the AstraZeneca vaccine, which will likely be deployed via the COVAX mechanism, remains to be beneath evaluation by the World Well being Group (WHO) for emergency use approval.

It stated the variety of doses and the supply schedule are nonetheless topic to emergency use approval and manufacturing manufacturing capability, in addition to topic to establishing provide agreements between the producers, PAHO and UNICEF.

An estimated 35.3 million doses is to be dispatched throughout the Americas on this first stage.

PAHO Director Carissa F Etienne stated that with greater than 45 million confirmed COVID-19 instances and over a million deaths throughout the area, the beginning of vaccine supply via the COVAX Facility “is a hopeful step within the combat in opposition to this virus and PAHO is proud to facilitate an effort that’s urgently wanted for our area”.

The opposite international locations notified are: Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Granada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

The COVAX mechanism is geared toward making certain honest entry and speedy supply of two billion doses of COVID vaccines globally by the tip of 2021.

– Alphea Saunders

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