Prime Minister Gaston Browne is hoping that residents will avail themselves of 1000 doses of the Russian Sputnik Vaccine which arrived here over the weekend.
The vaccine has not been approved by the World Health Organisation.
However, Browne insists that the vaccine is safe and that residents should make themselves available to be vaccinated.
He said “the safest vaccine is the one that is available to you.”
The Prime Minister said on radio over the weekend that based on how well residents respond to the vaccine Antigua and Barbuda will purchase up to 20k doses from the Russian Federation.
Browne says another 1000 doses are expected here in two weeks time.
The Prime minister said that he would have taken the Sputnik had he not received Moderna earlier in the year.
He says countries around the world are lining up to purchase Sputnik given is efficacy and given Russia’s longstanding record of producing quality and safe vaccines for over 100 years.