Forty thousand vaccines to arrive on Sunday

Dr Rhonda Sealey Thomas receives COVID AZ vaccine (February 17)

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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  1. I would like some clarification.
    1) Will this shipment total the amount of Astrazenica vaccine to 80k

    Also, I thought India had their own vaccine. So why astrazenica.
    What happen to covax

    • India makes 90% of the world’s vaccines. Every companies including Astrazenica mass produce their vaccine in India.

    • @J Jones
      I think this is part of the Indian Govt. Shipment to Caricom. If so it is separate from the COVAX shipment.
      Maybe Sir Health could clarify?

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