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US to ship greater than 800,000 coronavirus vaccines to Caribbean

The U.S. authorities stated Wednesday that it’s going to ship almost 837,000 Pfizer vaccines to Caribbean nations because the area with restricted assets struggles with a spike in COVID-19 instances amid violent anti-vaccine protests.

The Bahamas will obtain 397,000 doses adopted by Trinidad and Tobago with greater than 305,000 doses. Barbados will obtain 70,200 doses, whereas 35,100 are slated for St. Vincent and the Grenadines, 17,550 for Antigua and 11,700 for St. Kitts and Nevis.

“The Biden-Harris administration’s highest precedence within the Americas as we speak is managing and ending the COVID pandemic and contributing to equitable restoration,” stated Juan González, the Nationwide Safety Council’s senior director for the Western Hemisphere.

Used vials of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine lay empty at a vaccination center at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas in January. The U.S. government announced on Aug. 11, 2021, it will deliver Pfizer vaccines to the Caribbean. (AP)

Used vials of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine lay empty at a vaccination heart on the College of Nevada in Las Vegas in January. The U.S. authorities introduced on Aug. 11, 2021, it’s going to ship Pfizer vaccines to the Caribbean. (AP) (AP)

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1000’s of specialised syringes required for the Pfizer vaccine additionally have been donated, with officers noting that the donations concerned “vital authorized and logistic complexity.”

As well as, USAID, which has offered greater than $28 million to assist 14 Caribbean nations combat COVID-19, expects to announce extra funding quickly, in keeping with a White Home official.

The Caribbean area has reported greater than 1.29 million instances and greater than 16,000 deaths, with some 10.7 million folks vaccinated up to now, in keeping with the Trinidad-based Caribbean Public Well being Company.

Among the many hardest hit Caribbean nations is Haiti, which on July 14 obtained its first vaccine cargo because the pandemic started — 500,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine donated by the U.S. by way of the United Nations’ COVAX program for low-income nations.

The nation of greater than 11 million folks has reported 20,400 confirmed instances and 575 deaths, though consultants consider these numbers are severely underreported given a widespread lack of testing.

A Nationwide Safety Council spokeswoman advised The Related Press that the U.S. “will ship a signification quantity of extra doses to Haiti quickly,” however additional particulars weren’t instantly out there.

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The announcement by the U.S. authorities comes amid current anti-vaccine protests in Guyana, Antigua and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, whose prime minister was hit within the head with a rock final week and was briefly hospitalized.

Among the many islands most battling a spike in COVID-19 instances are the Bahamas, Curacao, Martinique, Guadeloupe and Trinidad and Tobago.

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