The U.S. government announced earlier this week that it plans to deliver almost 840,000 Pfizer vaccines to Caribbean nations while the islands faces a shortfall of resources while battling a jump in COVID-19 cases while facing violent anti-vaccine protests, FOX 2 reported.
The Bahamas will have nearly 400,000 doses shipped to them — Trinidad and Tobago will have over 305,000 doses; Barbados will receive 70,200 doses; 35,100 are going to St. Vincent and the Grenadines, 17,550 will be distributed to Antigua and 11,700 for St. Kitts and Nevis, according to the article.
“The Biden-Harris administration’s highest priority in the Americas today is managing and ending the COVID pandemic and contributing to equitable recovery,” said Juan González, the National Security Council’s senior director for the Western Hemisphere, in the article.
Also, USAID, which has offered over $28 million to help 14 Caribbean nations fight against COVID-19, anticipates to announce more funding soon, according to a White House official.
The Caribbean region has over 1.29 million cases and over 16,000 deaths — about 10.7 million people are vaccinated, according to the Trinidad-based Caribbean Public Health Agency, per the article.
Of the Caribbean nations, Haiti has been hardest hit by the virus, according to the article. Haiti received its first vaccine shipment in July.
Recent anti-vaccine protests in Guyana, Antigua and St. Vincent and the Grenadines have taken place even before the vaccine distribution announcement was made, according to the article.
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