Saturday, August 13, 2022

PM: Saint Lucia Fortunate To Get COVID-19 Vaccines Through COVAX

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Prime Minister Allen Chastanet says Saint Lucia and other countries in the Caribbean are fortunate to be among more than 90 low- and middle-income countries eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccines through the COVAX mechanism.

On Wednesday, this country received its first batch of 24,000 AstraZeneca vaccine doses through COVAX.

Local officials say vaccines bring hope amid the current COVID-19 pandemic

Prime Minister Chastanet recalled that when the COVID-19 pandemic broke out, there was talk about developing vaccines to fight infections.

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He said one of the major concerns aired, especially in Small Island Developing States like Saint Lucia,  was about the likelihood that they would not be able to access such vaccines in the required quantities.

He wrote on his official Facebook on Wednesday that international agencies shared those concerns.

As a result, Chastanet noted that COVAX was born with the aim of ensuring global and equitable access of vaccines.

COVAX is coordinating international resources to enable low-to-middle-income countries equitable access to COVID-19 tests, therapies, and vaccines.

And Chastanet observed that more than 165 countries – representing 60% of the human population – have joined the facility.

He expressed gratitude for the vaccines Saint Lucia has received through COVAX and thanked PAHO and all the agencies that made it possible.

Headline photo caption: PM looks at vaccine batch at Hewanorra International Airport

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