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Jamaica to Get Extra COVID-19 Vaccines This Week

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Minister of Well being and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, talking at a digital press convention held on April 1.

Jamaica has secured extra vaccines, which ought to begin arriving within the island inside per week.

“That is actually excellent news,” mentioned Minister of Well being and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, who made the disclosure at a digital press convention on April 1.

“We now have 75,000 doses of AstraZeneca from the African Medical Help Platform (AMSP) and that must be, if not already in transit. Then we’ve got one other 20,000 doses of the Moderna, which we’ve got sourced by way of different industrial preparations,” he knowledgeable.

He mentioned additional that based mostly on info from the COVAX Facility, 26,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines ought to arrive in Jamaica in early April.

The Minister famous that these shipments ought to make sure the Authorities’s skill to manage vaccines over a two-month interval, till the provision chain for COVID-19 vaccine stabilises.

There have been challenges in world vaccine distribution, attributable to, amongst different issues, provides being held again by manufacturing nations for home use.

“Throughout that point, after all, we’re aggressively pursuing different sources and we’ve got expectations to be provided by way of the agreements we have already got, particularly, COVAX and likewise the African Medical Help Platform,” Dr. Tufton mentioned.

The Well being Minister, in a press release in Parliament on March 30, mentioned that the Ministry, by way of its procuring agent, the Nationwide Well being Fund (NHF), and in collaboration with the Ministry of International Affairs and International Commerce, have been working assiduously to make sure the provision of secure vaccines for the Jamaican individuals.

“The strategic posture of the Authorities has been to make each effort to make sure that we interact with all manufactures by way of bi-lateral or direct contact. That is to make sure that as quickly as vaccines are permitted, that cargo could be assured,” he mentioned.

In the meantime, Dr. Tufton mentioned that the nation has accomplished three weeks of the vaccination program, and week 4 is already underway.

As of March 31, a complete of 41, 901 individuals had obtained their first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.

“In week three, we reached 53 p.c (10, 307) of our goal (19, 580). To this point for week 4, we’ve got vaccinated 2, 254 individuals of 9, 447, so we’re at 24 p.c of our goal,” he indicated.

The Minister mentioned that the general vaccination quantity represents 88 p.c of the vaccination goal for the month of March.

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