CARICOM Prioritised in US Vaccine Sharing through COVAX

CARICOM Prioritised in US Vaccine Sharing through COVAX

MONTEGO BAY, JUNE 7, 2021 - The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) often referred to as The United States’ third border, is among the regions to be given priority when the United States releases its promised 80 million vaccines through the COVAX Facility. the White House has announced.

Last week, the White House announced that the US will share vaccines in its effort to help put an end to the global pandemic and outlined its framework for sharing 80 million US vaccine doses worldwide.

“The United States will share at least three-quarters of its donated doses through COVAX, supplying U.S. doses to countries in need. This will maximise the number of vaccines available equitably for the greatest number of countries and for those most at-risk within countries.  For doses shared through COVAX, the United States will prioritize Latin America and the Caribbean, South and Southeast Asia, and Africa, in coordination with the African Union,” the White House Statement said. 

Specifically, it announced that it would share 75 per cent of the vaccines through COVAX, with priorities being Latin America and the Caribbean, South and South East Asia, and Africa in coordination with the African Union.

In its first tranche of 25 million doses, about 19 million will be shared through COVAX about six million for South and Central America to the following countries: Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, Peru, Ecuador, Paraguay, Bolivia, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Panama, Haiti, and other Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries, as well as the Dominican Republic.

On Thursday, US Vice President, Kamala Harris, held telephone conference meetings with four heads of government from the Region, including the Chair of CARICOM, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. Keith Rowley.

In separate calls, the Vice President notified each of the leaders that the Biden-Harris Administration would begin sharing the first 25 million doses of COVID vaccines to their respective countries and others, as part of the Administration’s framework for sharing at least 80 million vaccines globally by the end of June.

This is the very latest in a series of high-level contacts which the Chairman of CARICOM has been having with high-level officials of the US Administration in recent weeks.

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