175,000 doses of Oxford Astra Zeneca vaccine sent from India arrived in Antigua and Barbuda yesterday.
These were further distributed to four other nations, including St Lucia, St Kitts & Nevis, St Vincent & the Grenadines and Suriname.
According to a report on the Associates Times, Antigua and Barbuda received 40,000 vaccines and St Lucia received 25,000 doses.
St. Lucia’s Prime Minister Alan Chastanet has lauded the generosity of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, adding that his country has arranged to obtain additional vaccines from India, according to a report on St. Lucia Times.
Mr. Chastanet, on his Facebook page, also said that St Lucia will be donating 5,000 doses to Grenada from the India allotment.
Meanwhile, the shipment of 20,000 doses of the vaccine from the India donation also arrived in St. Kitts and Nevis yesterday.
St. Kitts and Nevis Observer reported that Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris says through this generous donation, his country now has a chance to put the COVID-19 pandemic in the rear view mirror.
Dr. Harris stated on his Facebook page “”I would like to thank the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi for the compassion he is showing other nations during this time. His generous heart and enduring sense of caring and solidarity are important values which we both share.”
Also St. Vincent and the Grenadines received 40,000 doses of the vaccine from India, while Suriname is to receive 50,000 vaccines.
Just last month, Barbados received 100,000 vaccines from India and shared some of them with T&T and Guyana.
At the same time as Barbados, Dominica also received 70,000 doses (enough to immunize 35,000 people) from India.
It shared a portion of this with other countries in the region as well.
And, a post from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Belize on Twitter noted that “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Immigration has succeeded in acquiring a donation of 25,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses from the Government of India. Arrival expected on 6 March.”
According to a Hindustan Times report, the shipments were part of India Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “pledge to help other countries overcome the pandemic challenges”. Apart from countries in India’s neighborhood, India has cleared commercial supply of nearly 24 million vaccines to 25 countries, according to the report.