On 11 May 2021, the Government of Barbados received 33,600 doses of COVID-19 vaccines through the COVAX Facility, a global effort between the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance Gavi, UNICEF, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
Prime Minister, the Hon. Mia Amor Mottley, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Senator Dr. the Hon. Jerome Walcott, Minister of Health and Wellness, Lt. Col. the Hon. Jeffrey Bostic, PAHO/WHO Representative for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Countries, Dr. Yitades Gebre and other government officials were present for the delivery.
Prime Minister Mottley used the occasion to reiterate the need for global partnership to wrest the spread of COVID-19. “I have heard many say that the time for global coordination and partnership has passed in this pandemic, that the horse has already bolted from the stable. I want to say definitively that in our view that is not the case, and there is never a wrong time to do the right thing. The fact that globally we continue to run this race trying to fight it up and to beat it against mutations and variants tells us that there is still a great need for global coordination and partnership,” the Prime Minister observed.
According to the COVAX allocations, Barbados is expected to receive 100,800 doses of vaccines. So far 67,200 doses have been delivered to the country. To date 75,491 persons have been immunized, with 32,717 persons fully vaccinated. (PAHO/MFAFT)