Cabinet Notes: The deaths which Antigua and Barbuda has experienced from Covid-19 have been complicated by NCDs (Non-communicable Diseases) which are prevalent among the adult population, the CMO reported.
25 people died as a result of COVID related illnesses since discovery of the virus in Antigua.
It is for this reason why those men and women older than 65 years have been selected for special treatment.
Attention must continue to be paid to reducing NCDs among the population, the CMO asserted.
The Director of the MSJMC Clinic reported that the Covid-19 disease is not only respiratory but also cardio-vascular.
Covid-19 infections will also affect the functioning of the heart and the system of veins which deliver blood to all organs.
The administered vaccine tends to lower the chances of hospitalization and death.
The challenge posed by waiting for the delivery of the next batch of vaccines is that people who are inoculated could be saved by not falling ill, may not require hospitalization, and may even continue to live.
Administration of doses, that may be placed in storage, could save lives.
However, not administering the second dose when due is also risky, since the efficacy may be lost (and that is unknown) and the inoculation may only work for a short period (and that is unknown).
Based on an indication from the PAHO/WHO COVAX communications of delivery of 14,000 doses in weeks, the Cabinet determined that 7,000 to 10,000 of the 20,000 stored vaccines will continue to be applied to the elderly, the most vulnerable, and frontline employees from various sectors.
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