by Clive Bacchus
St. Kitts-Nevis (WINN) – St. Kitts and Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines were scheduled to receive vaccines from Dominica on Thursday (February 11), according to the Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr. Ralph Gonsalves.
Speaking in St. Vincent Thursday morning, Dr. Gonsalves reported that OECS leaders were also scheduled to meet Thursday at 5 p.m.
Caribbean leaders have agreed to share vaccines sourced from India and other countries as governments push to achieve herd immunity among their populations.
These efforts aim to complement access to the COVAX Facility which has promised to deliver, in the case of St. Kitts and Nevis, over 21,000 vaccines within weeks.
Thursday afternoon ABS Television reported the arrival of 5000 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID vaccine in Antigua and Barbuda on an RSS flight from Dominica.
The report added that vaccines were also being delivered to St Kitts and Nevis and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, courtesy of Dominica.
The Antigua and Barbuda Observer newspaper is also reporting that 80,000 vaccines are expected to be administered in the coming weeks in that country.
On St. Kitts and Nevis, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Hazel Laws on Wednesday (February 10) addressed the issue of access to vaccines through the COVAX facility.
Dr. Laws also mentioned that the Federation was seeking to source vaccines now.