Saint Lucia Monday received 25,000 doses of COVID-19 Oxford Astra Zeneca vaccines from India.
Prime Minister Allen Chastanet described it as a very emotional moment.
Chastanet called attention to the global impact of the pandemic.
And he also made reference to its impact Saint Lucians here and abroad, some of whom have died .
“The verdict is still not out,” the PM explained.
He said that the scientific evidence is still being awaited in regard to what will happen in the coming years.
But Chastanet lauded the generousity of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
According to the PM, Modi’s concern for Small Island Developing States did not start today.
Chastanet said as a Prime Minister for four and a half years, he has learned not to expect that kind of attention and level of commitment and sincerity.
He declared that Modi has come to occupy a special place in the hearts and minds of “all of us in CARICOM.’
The Office of the Prime Minister here says on Saturday the Indian government dispatched 175,000 Oxford Astra Zeneca vaccine doses to 5 Caribbean countries .
They included four member states of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States.
Saint Lucia’s got its first allocation on Monday.
Chastanet disclosed that Saint Lucia has arranged to obtain additional vaccines from India.
He said the authorities here are hoping to convince every Saint Lucian to take the vaccine.
But he observed that some information is causing people to second guess whether they should.
However was hopeful that by his own example in taking the jab and the example that his cabinet and other national leaders will set, doubters will be convinced.