Monday, April 12, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccines From Covax Facility Expected to Arrive in Country This Week

The Bahamas is expected to receive the promised vaccine paid for by the government in December of last year.

In a statement released by the National COVID-19 Vaccine Consultative Committee, 33,600 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine obtained through the COVAX Facility will arrive in the country this week.

Why it matters

The government said it was expected to receive 33,600 doses out of 100,800 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine purchased through the World Health Organisation’s/Pan American Health Organisation’s COVAX facility before the end of March.

The remaining 64,200 doses are expected to be in the country by the end of May.

The big picture

In November, Health Minister Renward Wells said the government had put a down payment down of $250,000 so far to source a vaccine from PAHO. But had committed $2 million to vaccinate 20 percent of the country’s population.

Worth noting

The batch represents the first tranche of a total of 100,800 doses earmarked for The Bahamas and pre-paid through the PAHO Revolving Fund.

The Bahamas received its first batch of COVID-19 vaccines on 10 March, which included 20,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine donated by the Government of India to the people of The Bahamas.

Since the COVID-19 vaccination program began on 14 March, more than 7,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine have been administered on New Providence and Grand Bahama.

The highest number of COVID-19 vaccinations administered on a single day totaled more than 1,000.

To date, 63 percent of those who have received the vaccine are over the age of 60. Others include healthcare workers and staff of the uniformed branches. Forty-two percent of persons who received the vaccine were male and 58 percent, female.

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