Private sector contributes more than $1.5 million for COVID-19 vaccine acquisition


More than EC$1.5 million dollars have been contributed by the private sector to the acquisition of Covid-19 vaccines for the population.

The Cabinet expressed its thanks to those whose principals made the contribution to the Treasury of Antigua and Barbuda in order to ease the burden on government at a time when revenues are at an all-time low.

Hadeed Group of Companies is among major donors.

At least 14,000 doses will be secured through COVAX of PAH0/WHO by the end of April 2021.

Antigua and Barbuda has contracted and paid COVAX for 40,000 doses; the AstraZeneca is in very high demand globally.

Vaccine demand remains high and supply has become a major issue for small states.

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  1. I am due for my second dose on April 26th 2021. I would be lying if I said I am not concerned about availability after Cabinet decided to go back on the policy recommended by the medical bodies, which was to hold back the 20,000 doses after the first 20,000 persons got vaccinated. With the constant reminder that this vaccine Astra Zeneca is in strong demand, world wide, what guarantee do we have that we will be getting that same vaccine at the time of our second dose. I do NOT wish to mix brands. Sorry. That is not on for me. I took the vaccine because I believe being vaccinated is an important step in corralling this virus. I also relied on the information, at the time, that the second dose would be secured, it already being on island and would be held back. Now Cabinet has switched on us mid-stream. What are we to do if the next Astra Zeneca supplies are not here by mid-April?

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