More regional countries receiving vaccines through COVAX

Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director, Dr Carissa Etienne, says the delivery of vaccines to the region through the Global Access (COVAX) Facility is increasing.

Speaking during PAHO’s COVID-19 digital briefing today, Dr Etienne said that nearly 400,000 vaccines, procured through COVAX, have been delivered to countries through the regional body’s Revolving Fund Facility since last week.

These include an initial 14,400 AstraZeneca vaccines allocated to Jamaica, which arrived on Monday.

Dr Etienne indicated that PAHO has, so far, placed orders for 3.4 million vaccines and advised that nearly 728,000 doses will be delivered to five countries over the next several days.

“Next week, we expect that many countries in the Caribbean will start to see the first COVAX shipments arriving on their shores,” she noted.

The Director assured that PAHO is working through the Fund to ensure that countries know the quantity of doses they will be receiving and the delivery timelines each month, “so that they can organise their immunisation campaigns”.

 “Our goal is to ensure that every country in our region that is participating in COVAX receives their first shipment before World Health Day 2021 [on] April 7,” she noted.