A special flight is due to arrive at the V.C. Bird International airport Saturday night with the forty thousand doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines that are a gift from the government and people of India.
Informed sources say the flight is tentatively scheduled for 28th February, estimated to arrive at 7:20 p.m. The flight will be on the ground for forty-eight hours to ensure the crew gets to rest.
The sources say the Indian government undertook to fly the vaccines, destined not only for Antigua and Barbuda but also those it committed to other Caribbean territories, on one of its aircraft.
However, it was unclear up to last night whether the final flight into the V.C. Bird International will be that of an Indian aircraft.
The sources say the aircraft is expected to be met by senior government officials when it lands at the airport. Arrangements have also been made for the vaccines to be stored at the government facility.
This means that there will be enough vaccines available to give almost half the population their first dose of the anti-COVID vaccine.
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