by Kevon Browne
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN) – In a statement from the Office of the Prime Minister, Dr. Timothy Harris, expressed solidarity with the Government and people of India, as the country faces a deadly upsurge in COVID-19 cases that has caused the death of thousands.
“Today we mourn with the people of India as India is recording the largest number of deaths since the COVID pandemic started,” said Harris.
The US, United Kingdom and Hong Kong have shipped donations, including oxygen supplies, ventilators, and antiviral drugs to India.
Prime Minister Harris highlighted how quickly circumstances can change: previously India was providing safe vaccines to a number of countries within the Commonwealth and now is in the grips of the pandemic with an overwhelmed health system.
On March 01 20,000 doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine were gifted to St. Kitts and Nevis from the Government of India; a larger batch of some 570,000 doses was donated to the CARICOM region.
Harris emphasized the current strain in India and the recent COVID-19 activity of Trinidad and Tobago and Anguilla are warnings to people in the Federation hesitant in accepting the vaccine.
“We cannot continue to tempt fate and when persons in our households are holding back from taking the vaccine… the science is revealing that the longer persons take to address the pandemic the more likely you are going to get more variants of the COVID-19 [which may be] more deadly and much more transmissible,” the prime minister said.