Antigua and Barbuda will not be able to purchase COVID-19 vaccines from the US based company, Moderna until sometime in 2022.
That is because the company has several contracts in place to supply vaccines to the US and other governments and it will not be selling vaccines commercially until early 2022.
The company made the announcement in a letter to the Antigua and Barbuda government in response to a request to purchase vaccines to help inoculate the Antigua and Barbuda population.
A letter from the company was received over the weekend with the information. Some residents have been saying that they intended to wait until vaccines from both Moderna and Pfizer are available in the country before deciding to get vaccinated.
But as senior government officials have been emphasizing all along, ‘the best vaccine is the one that is available now.’ As it is, Antigua and Barbuda is having difficulties in acquiring additional vaccines to complete the vaccination exercise.
The issue is a worldwide shortage of vaccines and the pharmaceutical companies seem to gravitate to countries with larger populations and/or deeper pockets.