New COVID variant not in Antigua tests reveal

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Cabinet Notes: The Cabinet reviewed the situation pertaining to Covid-19 throughout Antigua and Barbuda, in several Caribbean countries and in the United Kingdom.

 

The Cabinet deemed the low rate of infection in Antigua and Barbuda to be the result of the protocols established at the beginning of the pandemic; adherence to the rules by the vast majority of the population; and, the readiness of the health system to test and treat those who become infected.

 

The Minister reported that 3 new cases of infections have been recorded at the Mount St. John Medical Center.

One of the cases was from a visitor; the other two were nationals.

Contact tracing has intensified. Nine people are being actively treated for the disease in Antigua and Barbuda.

The new variant of the virus is not in Antigua and Barbuda, tests reveal.

 

The Cabinet also reviewed the readiness of the Covid-19 vaccine for Antigua and Barbuda; the estimate of availability in Antigua is several months away.

 

However, utilizing the PAHO/WHO COVACS arrangement, a significant supply is guaranteed. The systems governing the application of the vaccine are being developed. The Ministry of Health has been advised to be careful with impostors who are marketing fake Covid vaccines

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