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US donates second tranche of 70 200 COVID-19 vaccines


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US donates second tranche of 70  200 COVID-19 vaccines
From left: US Ambassador Linda S. Taglialatela, Acting Prime Minister Santia Bradshaw and Minister of Health Jeffrey Bostic, November 4, 2021. (Picture by Jameel Springer)

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A donation of 70 200 Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines will boost Barbados’ fight against the novel coronavirus.

This morning, Acting Prime Minister Santia Bradshaw and Minister of Health and Wellness, Jeffrey Bostic, received the second tranche of a gift of vaccines from the United States.

A statement from Government said the vaccines, which arrived on a DHL Express cargo flight just before 10 a.m., were part of almost 600 000 doses shared among Barbados, Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Belize and Jamaica over the past three days.

United States Ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Linda S. Taglialatela, who was at Grantley Adams International Airport for the arrival of the vaccines, said: “In August, the United States donated 70 200 Pfizer vaccines free of charge. And here we are again, donating 70 200 more. No other country in the world has provided Barbados with this level of assistance.

“Vaccines defeated smallpox. Vaccines protect millions of people from measles and polio. Vaccines are the fastest and most sure way to end this COVID-19 pandemic.”

During an online Press conference from Brussels with the local media earlier today, Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley expressed gratitude to the United States Government for the gift, noting that the arrival of the shipment today was a direct result of discussions she had last month with United States Vice-President Kamala Harris.

Mottley said too that an increase in the number of fully vaccinated Barbadians would be followed by a relaxation of restrictions, including the current 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew. (PR)

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