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Posted: Saturday, March 20, 2021. 11:02 am CST.

By Zoila Palma: The Pan American Well being Group/ World Well being Group (PAHO/WHO) knowledgeable that on March 15, Jamaica grew to become the primary Caribbean nation to get COVID-19 vaccines by way of the COVAX facility.

Jamaica has acquired 14,400 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines by way of the COVAX Facility, a worldwide effort between the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Improvements (CEPI), Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance Gavi, UNICEF, the Pan American Well being Group (PAHO) and the World Well being Group (WHO).

The organizations notice that the arrival of vaccines to Jamaica by way of the ability marks a historic step towards guaranteeing the equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines worldwide, within the largest vaccine procurement and provide operation in historical past.

In response to the primary spherical of COVAX allocations, Jamaica is anticipated to proceed receiving doses by way of Could till it reaches 124,800, the quantity specified by COVAX.

“Seeing this arrival could be very reassuring and it signifies that extra individuals will be capable of be protected against COVID-19. We are going to proceed to work with the nation to help vaccination together with the whole package deal of identified public well being and social measures that we all know can assist cease the unfold of COVID-19, shield well being companies, and save lives,” stated Dr. Bernadette Theodore-Gandi, PAHO/WHO Consultant in Jamaica.

The arrival of those first vaccines will serve to guard precedence teams and people most in danger, comparable to well being employees and older adults.

Jamaica’s Minister of Well being and Wellness stated that the nation is happy to obtain the vaccines beneath COVAX and that it represents a key a part of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

PAHO/WHO say that 15 Caribbean international locations will obtain simply over 2.1 million doses of COVAX vaccines by Could. These  embody Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Surinam, and Trinidad and Tobago. Six of those international locations (Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent & the Grenadines) will obtain the vaccines freed from cost.

COVAX seeks to offer vaccines for not less than 20% of the inhabitants of every taking part nation throughout 2021.

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