Eastern Caribbean States Receive Vaccine Donation From India

Over 175,000 vaccines will be distributed to St. Lucia, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Antigua & Barbuda, and Suriname.

Antigua and Barbuda’s Prime Minister Gaston Browne on Monday welcomed the arrival of over 175,000 COVID-19 vaccines as part of a donation made by India’s government to the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and Suriname.

The donation includes doses for St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, and St. Vincent & the Grenadines. The vaccines arrived on a charter flight from Mumbai.

Antigua and Barbuda is set to receive 40,000 doses, 5,000 of which will be donated to Grenada.

Information Minister Melford Nicholas noted that 20,000 additional COVID-19 vaccines were secured through the COVAX mechanism.

On Saturday, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) announced the allocation of COVID-19 vaccines for Barbados and countries in the Eastern Caribbean, which will represent a population vaccination coverage of 16 to 20 percent by the end of March.

“These 40,000 vaccines for Antigua and Barbuda will meet the immediate requirements of vaccinating the front-line workers, health care workers, and people with underlying health conditions,” Indian High Commissioner KJ Srinivasan said.

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