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More COVID-19 vaccines coming on Tuesday

More COVID-19 vaccines coming on Tuesday
Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley. (FILE)

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Barbados is scheduled to receive the first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines under the COVAX facility on Tuesday morning.

Prime Minister Mia Mottley, Minister of Health Jeffrey Bostic and other officials are expected to accept the 33 600 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine at the Grantley Adams International Airport around 6:30 a.m.

During the last address to the nation, Mottley said the vaccines were expected to arrive soon, but did not give a specific date. She said they were also exploring other options.

“We are not sure exactly when the COVAX vaccines are coming. We will hope that arrival will be in a few weeks. We also have the two commercial orders of AstraZeneca, and then we have the Africa Medical Supplies platform for the provision of 220 million doses of Johnson & Johnson.”

About 60 000 doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine would be allocated to Barbados.

The COVAX procurement facility is administered through the Pan American Health Organisation.

In February, India donated 100 000 doses of the Covishield vaccine to Barbados, allowing the county to quickly roll out its inoculation progamme against the viral illness. According to the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 dashboard up to April 2, 63 738 vaccines were administered.

The first phase of Barbados’ National Vaccination Programme for COVID-19 finished at the end of March and the second phase is scheduled to start on April 17. (SAT)