Vaccine Deployment Under COVAX Facility To Get Under Way By March

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The deployment of coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines in countries across the Americas including Antigua and Barbuda under the World Health Organization (WHO) COVID-19 Vaccine Global Access (COVAX) Facility is anticipated to get under way by the end of March.

Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director, Dr. Carissa Etienne, made the disclosure during a digital media briefing on Wednesday (January 13).

An initial two billion vaccine doses have already been secured from Pfizer Inc. under COVAX for distribution globally in 2021, with another 1.3 billion programmed for 2022.

The two billion doses are expected to cover the first phase of the vaccination rollout targeting 20 per cent of beneficiary countries’ vulnerable populations, including healthcare workers, persons with underlying conditions, and the elderly.

Pfizer is also expected to provide one million vaccines to be used in some regional countries under a proposed pilot arrangement in February.

Dr. Etienne said the COVAX Facility will provide access to a basket of 15 vaccines, noting that the Pfizer vaccine is the only one already prequalified by the WHO.

Pfizer was issued with a licence to facilitate emergency use of the vaccine, which has already been distributed in a number of countries globally.

Dr. Etienne further pointed out that there are mote than 100 additional vaccine candidates in the COVAX Facility pipeline.

“We are not sure that all of them are going to be approved, but it is encouraging to see that so many vaccines are in development. With one vaccine approved for use by the WHO and more on the way, we are moving closer to controlling this pandemic,” she added.

Meanwhile, the number of vaccine manufacturers attaining prequalification and emergency licensing under the COVAX Facility could shortly increase to at least three.

“Moderna will… probably… be the second one in a couple of days,” said PAHO Assistant Director, Dr. Jarbas Barbosa, adding that AstraZeneca “is also providing all the documentation to be the third”.

Dr. Barbosa said WHO has also commenced prequalification negotiations with the Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology in Russia, which manufactured the Sputnik V vaccine, and Chinese biopharmaceutical company, Sinovac, manufacturers of the Coronavac vaccine.

“They will share documentation and critical data about critical phase-one, two and three clinical trials,” he indicated.

Dr. Barbosa noted that this information is required of all vaccine producers interested in participating in the COVAX Facility. “We have had conversations with… around 16 producers and all will need to be assessed by exactly the same criteria,” he pointed out.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 39 million persons across the Americas have been infected, and more than 925,000 have died.

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      Antigua acquires Industrial freezers to store COVID-19 vaccines upon arrival in Antigua
      December 3, 202017

      Cabinet Notes: The Minister of Health provided the Cabinet with an update on the novel Coronavirus vaccine which is closer to being mass-distributed in several developed countries, including the U.K., the USA, Russia, China and the European Union.

      Antigua and Barbuda through the COVACS arrangement has already paid for 20,000 vials of vaccine, although it has not yet been decided which of the vaccines is likely to be purchased by the Pan American Health Organization for distribution to its members.

      Nevertheless, several industrial freezers have been acquired and are being readied to store the vaccines upon their arrival in Antigua. Again it was repeated that a priority list of voluntary recipients is being tweaked to include First Responders, fragile and elderly residents, hospital staff, and those most at risk of contraction. Parliamentarians are also included.

      The number of active cases of patients being treated for the novel Coronavirus remains at 7 even though there are two newly confirmed cases; three patients received a second negative within a one-week period and are therefore regarded as cured.

      Everyone is encouraged to be vigilant, to wear masks, to engage in social distancing, and to sanitize hands and door knobs/rails and frequently touched objects as often as possible. There has been no community spread of the virus, and the USA’s CDC has rated Antigua and Barbuda as “moderate risk” given the nation’s success at managing this global crisis.

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      AvatarJust Saying
      December 3, 2020 at 9:01 am
      Government at work.

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      AvatarSaying
      December 5, 2020 at 5:52 pm
      Just saying, what do you want to bet that in a few weeks we are told these freezers don’t work. Was The government quick to say they acquired them because someone got a payoff? Note Jamaica isn’t wasting money on freezers but instead sourcing vaccines that don’t need refrigeration. You are right this is our incompetent government at work.

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      AvatarmRNA vaccine
      December 3, 2020 at 9:16 am
      So they are acquiring the mRNA vaccine – the first of its kind.

      Why not buy one of the Cuba vaccines?

      Or one of the others 40 vaccines in the pipeline that are not a brand new type where we of course don’t know long term adverse events will be.

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      AvatarReply to mRNA vaccine
      December 4, 2020 at 1:25 pm
      Did you know that the Moderna mRNA vaccine will alter your DNA?
      After you take it you will be on the way to becoming a trans-human. (a modified human)
      This vaccine targets Chromosome 8. About 8% of its genes are involved in brain development and function. IMO this is being done to make people less intelligent and more compliant to control. Unfortunately, they won’t have the mental capacity to realize this. They’ll think they are still normal. But to the people who don’t take the vaccine, they’ll see them as they really are… zombies.

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      AvatarLol
      December 3, 2020 at 9:45 am
      Must have been another handout 🧐

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      AvatarFrank
      December 3, 2020 at 9:47 am
      Put me pan dat list dey

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      AvatarMelchesidec
      December 3, 2020 at 9:57 am
      What about the laptops for the students?

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      AvatarRas Smood
      December 3, 2020 at 10:21 am
      The Globalist are now rolling out their antidote, to this #Plan? #Pan? #Epi? DEMIC which they had all along. However, to fit their agendas, their henchmen(the Media) had to make sure, that the FEAR which like the virus(weaponized weapon of war) is real was driven home like the hangman’s noose for a convicted murder.
      The Media will now change the narrative from FEAR to ABATEMENT, pump that into the Public like the vaccines, and PUFF, VOILA, the virus is now under control and HUE-mans can now resume their normal ways of living(murders, enslavement, embezzlement, fraud, mayhem, racism, classism), as the Age of Nirvana has arrived.
      These Globalist are getting richer and richer and richer, as their henchmen make sure that their agendas are followed in every minute detail.

      Oh by the way, to those who now fear this weapon of war – covid-19, the authorities in America are now admitting, that this virus has being in circulation since 2019.
      If anyone recalls, they informed the Public that the FLU SHOT for the 2019 flu season would not be effective in combating the upcoming flu for the 2020, the year of COVID-19. How the phuck did they know this?

      Don’t get me wrong folks this virus is real! It’s a killer just like any other weapon of war.

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      AvatarNot So Common
      December 3, 2020 at 11:33 am
      What an idiotic conspiracy theory. You really think that some “globalists” released the virus just so they can sell the vaccine to make money? You need to go sit next to Trump in the Dunce corner. Editor, do better than to allow these moronic conspiracy theories from being published please. Give me a break.

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      AvatarRas Smood
      December 3, 2020 at 2:07 pm
      @Not So Common…Robert Reich former US Secrotary of Labour in the Bill Clinton’s Administration, the one and same which turned the American economy around in the 1990’s, wrote a best seller detailing how what he calls the Oligarchs/Mediums from the Vanderbilts, Rockefellers, Bushes, and the likes operate to control World Markets.
      This is information which comes directly from those in the know, unlike the Media(henchmen) of the Oligarchs, plutocrats and Globalist that slant their narratives to indoctrinate folks like you.
      Please enjoy your cocktails of vaccines! Foods and herbs have being mine for over six decades!

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      AvatarRas Smood
      December 4, 2020 at 8:05 am
      @Not So Common and the Editors at ANR – You can sensor but you cannot hide from the truth when it smacks you in the face.

      @Not So Common…call this a conspiracy as well. There are several DISEASES(hunger, malnutrition, wars, slavery) which these Oligarchs/Globalist have the #CURE for, yet millions of HUEMANS die with their knowledge each and every year, due to money and the common respect towards HUEMANS.
      Do you see the mainstream media pushing these narratives on a daily and hourly basis? No, and the reason is very simple; it’s not in their best interest.
      So why do you think losing a couple million people and having countless others suffer with long term side effects from this COVID-19 war, bothers them?
      It’s only fools, asinine thinkers, ostriches, puppets would see it otherwise. You’re more than welcomed to take a pick of one of these names and pin it to your ass like a #JackAss!

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      AvatarThe conspiracy here is you thinking that this is a conspiracy THEORY
      December 4, 2020 at 1:07 pm
      The conspiracy here is you thinking that this is a conspiracy THEORY.
      Do you actually believe that Bill Gates isn’t doing this for the money? The global elites like him have another goal which is a total reset of the global economy. Unfortunately for them, this is going to fail.

      Trump IS GOING TO WIN THE RE-ELECTION and when he does, the USA is going to destroy their GREAT RESET PLAN.

      I’m sure the editors here KNOW that free speech is a constitutionally protected right of the people and furthermore, if they were to censure our speech, people would stop coming to their site!

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      AvatarFred Flintstone
      December 3, 2020 at 3:38 pm
      WHAT TEMP CAN THIS INDUSTRIAL FREEZER ACHIEVE………………

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      AvatarObservation
      December 3, 2020 at 9:43 pm
      Why would the government get vaccines that are required to be kept at minus seventy degrees? We don’t even have reliable electricity. Why not wait for the one out of Britain that doesn’t need refrigeration. We should be sceptical of any vaccine that will alter our RNA and developed by a Biotech company. What will be the long term effect of having a foreign entity in our bodies?
      Someone said that after 40 years of research there is no vaccine for HIV and after 100 years there is no vaccine for cancer. Ongoing research, and no vaccine for the common cold which by the way has kills more people annually than covid. But in less than a year we have a vaccine for covid with the help of a biotech firm. Go figure.

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      AvatarAsk Questions
      December 4, 2020 at 1:00 am
      Where did the government find the money to acquire these industrial freezers when they don’t have money to pay pensioners? These are most likely gifts from the same people pushing the vaccines on certain people. After all you can’t have the vaccines without freezers.

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      AvatarAntigua Citizen
      December 4, 2020 at 2:17 am
      When the power goes off thanks to APUA then what?

      No pension money so where govt get money to get all them vaccines?

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      AvatarRas Smood
      December 4, 2020 at 8:05 am
      @Not So Common and the Editors at ANR – You can sensor but you cannot hide from the truth when it smacks you in the face.

      @Not So Common…call this a conspiracy as well. There are several DISEASES(hunger, malnutrition, wars, slavery) which these Oligarchs/Globalist have the #CURE for, yet millions of HUEMANS die with their knowledge each and every year, due to money and the common respect towards HUEMANS.
      Do you see the mainstream media pushing these narratives on a daily and hourly basis? No, and the reason is very simple; it’s not in their best interest.
      So why do you think losing a couple million people and having countless others suffer with long term side effects from this COVID-19 war, bothers them?
      It’s only fools, asinine thinkers, ostriches, puppets would see it otherwise. You’re more than welcomed to take a pick of one of these names and pin it to your ass like a #JackAss!

      Reply
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  1. Please vaccinate the vulnerable first and don’t allow rich people to jump the line and pay for it privately. This is for ALL especially those who are old, diabetic, cancer patients, etc. If rich people jump the line I shall report it to PAHO and the countries who contribute to so called poor nations. So much corruption everywhere.

  2. Pfizer appears to be short of vaccines to supply the US. Where are they getting vaccines to supply third world countries? Given this is the most expensive vaccine why would Antigua want it. This vaccine alters you RNA and who knows what the long term effects will be. You can’t even sue Pfizer
    Stay away from any vaccine that alters your DNA..

  3. The EU just announced that Pfizer cannot meet their requirements for the vaccines. Norway just announced they will have to adjust covid vaccines after 13 people died from Pfizer vaccines side effects. Source RT(Russian TV). Which vaccine did England send to Turks and Caicos and Grand Cayman?
    Which vaccine is Antigua and Barbuda getting again?

  4. You can shove the Russian and Chinese vaccine where the sun don’t shine. I wouldn’t trust either of these. I’ll wait for the Pfizer, Modrena or the Oxford-Astrazenica. I wouldn’t trust anything that comes out of Russai or China.

    • I would say maybe we could give consideration to the Russian vaccine. It is now being given in some South American countries, so we may soon hear about any issues with it.
      As for Oxford-AstraZeneca, I believe one of the places where trials were conducted was South Africa and that country is now contending with the highest number of covid19 cases in Africa.

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