The Arrival of 20,000 Doses of AstraZeneca Vaccine: A Light at the End of the Tunnel
The 20,000 vaccine doses donated to the Bahamas by India, arrived on Wednesday morning.
Prime Minister Hubert Minnis, Minister of Health Renward Wells and other officials were on hand at the Lynden Pindling International Airport to receive the batch of Astra Zeneca vaccines, the first to arrive in the country.
Minnis hailed the much-anticipated cargo as “a light at the end of the tunnel.”
He said this shipment will assist the Bahamas in getting back to a sense of normalcy after nearly one year of lockdowns and curfews.
Minnis said Junkanooers have contacted him, eager to receive the vaccine. “Junkanooers, get ready for Christmas. Let’s rock and roll.”
He assured the public that the vaccination rollout will commence as soon as next week, as he is in constant consultation with his advisor Dr Merceline Dahl-Regis and Chief Medical Officer Pearl McMillan, members of the National COVID-19 Vaccine Consultative Committee.
“As the day approach, they will keep you updated,” he said. “Everything will be totally transparent.”
Minnis said this week will be a trial run. And next week, the inoculation process will begin. He also noted that the IT program has already been completed in preparation for the digital registration of individuals wanting to take the vaccine.