Jamaica Receives 14,400 Doses Of Vaccines Under COVAX

Minister of Health & Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, with the vaccines procured through the COVAX facility, which arrived at the Norman Manley Airport on March 15. (Photo via JIS)
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Jamaica is the first country in the Caribbean to obtain vaccines procured through COVAX

(Jamaica Information Service) The Government of Jamaica has received a shipment of 14,400 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines under the COVAX Facility.

Jamaica is the first country in the Caribbean to obtain vaccines procured through COVAX.

Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton and World Health Organization (WHO)/Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Representative, Dr. Bernadette Theodore-Gandi were on hand to witness the arrival of the shipment at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston on Monday (March 15).

Dr. Tufton thanked the WHO/PAHO for helping with the procurement of the vaccines.

“COVAX, as you may know, is the globally coordinated mechanism to provide equitable access, risk pooling, and affordable options for all participating countries,” he noted.

The 14,400 doses add to the 50,000 doses donated by the Government of India, which arrived on March 8, to facilitate the rollout of the country’s COVID-19 vaccination programme on Wednesday (March 10).

Read more at: Jamaica Information Service

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