Cabinet Notes: The Minister of Health provided the Cabinet with an update on the novel Coronavirus vaccine which is closer to being mass-distributed in several developed countries, including the U.K., the USA, Russia, China and the European Union.
Antigua and Barbuda through the COVACS arrangement has already paid for 20,000 vials of vaccine, although it has not yet been decided which of the vaccines is likely to be purchased by the Pan American Health Organization for distribution to its members.
Nevertheless, several industrial freezers have been acquired and are being readied to store the vaccines upon their arrival in Antigua. Again it was repeated that a priority list of voluntary recipients is being tweaked to include First Responders, fragile and elderly residents, hospital staff, and those most at risk of contraction. Parliamentarians are also included.
The number of active cases of patients being treated for the novel Coronavirus remains at 7 even though there are two newly confirmed cases; three patients received a second negative within a one-week period and are therefore regarded as cured.
Everyone is encouraged to be vigilant, to wear masks, to engage in social distancing, and to sanitize hands and door knobs/rails and frequently touched objects as often as possible. There has been no community spread of the virus, and the USA’s CDC has rated Antigua and Barbuda as “moderate risk” given the nation’s success at managing this global crisis.