Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has indicated that he will be one of the first persons here to take a COVID-19 vaccine.
“Of course,” was his response when asked whether he would lead by example by being among the first to take it, given the skepticism among Saint Lucians over the vaccine.
“Certainly I can say to you that if I need to travel I am going to have the vaccine,” the PM told reporters.
He explained that persons who do not have to travel may have the option of not taking it.
According to the PM, there are going to be some companies that would require some individuals to take a vaccine because the threat of being closed down at any point is disruptive to business.
He said he is satisfied that despite the fact that the vaccine is being expedited there’s a lot of investigation that’s taking place.
“So the trial process has included thousands of persons and we certainly are going to be advised by both CARPHA and PAHO on this matter, to make sure we are not depending on the certification of any one country, but that there is an international certification that would also be required,” Chastanet stated.
The Saint Lucia PM spoke as CNN reported that Pharmaceutical company, Moderna, intends to apply Monday to the US Food and Drug Administration for authorisation of its COVID-19 vaccine.
According to CNN, the company will ask the FDA to review an expanded data set showing the vaccine is 94.1% effective at preventing COVID-19 and 100% effective at preventing severe cases of the disease.
Moderna one of three companies making vaccines that seem closest to widespread distribution.
They estimate a total production capacity of 5.3 billion doses for 2021, which could cover between 2.6 billion and 3.1 billion people.
Headline photo caption: Allen Chastanet file photo