Pharmacy Council approves importation of Chinese, Russian vaccines


Prime Minister Gaston Browne says the local Pharmacy Council has responded positively to a request from the Government of Antigua and Barbuda to import COVID-19 vaccines made in China and Russia.


“We have written to the pharmacy council to ask them for the approval to import the Sputnik vaccine for sure and the Chinese vaccine Sinopharm.


“We have gotten approval for the importation of the two vaccines so we are making attempts to get in those vaccines as soon as possible,” Browne told his weekly radio programme the Browne and Browne Show.


He indicated that an official from Russia made a presentation to the government via zoom.


“The Russian official did say to us that based on the increase now that based on the emergency authorisations and the orders they have had, they cannot guarantee what amount because it is now in high demand.


“The Sputnik vaccine ranks with the Pfizer and the Moderna, it has a 93 percent efficacy so it is a really good vaccine using the old vaccine technology,” he told radio listeners.

The prime minister also revealed that the WHO could soon approve both vaccines.

He said this information was relayed to OECS heads of Government during a recent meeting with WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom.

“The WHO is giving active consideration to approving the two Chinese vaccines as well as the Sputnik. They are waiting for some more information but from all indications those vaccines are on their way to getting WHO approval,” he said.

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  1. Did they get the relative data to make an informed decision to approve or deny? Sounds to me like the jellyfish without backbone on this council, was ordered to approve these vavine and they obliged by rubber stamping the top dogs wishes.

  2. Argghhh!
    WHY WHY WHY is news of national importance not handled in a proper media briefing, with, in this instance, lead of pharmacy council, Sir Health & CMO in the STATE MEDIA and fed live to all other media houses? (As Cabinet briefings with the Minister of Information that are successful & respectful).
    This continuous divulging of national Information on a privately owned, operated & GB big-up radio station on a Saturday is insulting to citizens & residents, the cabinet, the medical leaders and the OFFICE OF THE Prime Minister.
    As PM you are supposedly ‘leading’ all Nationals & residents IRRESPECTIVE OF POLITICAL HUE.
    This is dictatorship-style & creating anxiety.

    • No dictatorship with Gaston Browne. The PM is totally transparent. His only interest is the best interests of the people. He is a godsend.

  3. Where is the PRESS RELEASE or official statement from the Pharmacy Council? Isn´t the President a certain Mr. Athill or did I get the name wrong?

  4. Can I come on this platforrm one single day without reading an ass 💋 kisser comments Shuups ?

  5. Can’t I come on this platforrm one single day without reading an ass 💋 kisser comment Shuups .

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