The federal government of Argentina has donated 30,000 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to Barbados in an effort to assist in the struggle towards the pandemic.
The cargo that arrived on Saturday on the Grantley Adams Worldwide Airport, was accepted by Minister of Well being and Wellness, Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Bostic; Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Anton Greatest, and Director of the Drug Service, Maryam Hinds.
“No nation might be secure till all nations are secure and actively take part within the world system of reciprocity constituted by the donation of vaccines to scale back the contagion and the results of the worldwide pandemic of COVID-19. This collaboration can be a recognition of the historic friendship between Argentina and the Caribbean area and the assist we completely obtain from our associates,” mentioned the Cost d’Affaires, Embassy of the Argentine Republic in Barbados, Ángel Dalmazzo, who formally handed over the vaccines .
The donation was coordinated by the Argentine White Helmets, a humanitarian establishment with an energetic presence within the area. In addition to the 30,000 doses acquired by Barbados, donations of AstraZeneca vaccines have already been despatched to Mozambique, Vietnam , Angola, Grenada, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Dominica
In line with Greatest, the Ministry of Well being and Wellness was grateful for the donation of the vaccines, which, he mentioned, would assist increase the efforts of the Nationwide Vaccination Programme for COVID-19.
“We’re approaching the one-year mark for the vaccination programme. For the preliminary months of the programme accessing vaccines was tough; we actually relied on the goodwill of nations to help small island growing states, like Barbados.
“Fortunately, we’re now not there by way of vaccine provide. There’s nonetheless numerous world inequity the place vaccines are involved and we’re grateful to the extra developed nations for offering vaccines to small nations like Barbados as a result of our leverage shouldn’t be the identical as theirs.”
The Deputy Chief Medical Officer added that vaccines have been secure and efficient and much more knowledge was now obtainable to show this than when the Nationwide Vaccination Programme first began.
He identified that whereas there would proceed to be individuals who have been vaccine-hesitant, the very fact remained that vaccines have been key to serving to Barbados and the remainder of the world out of the present pandemic.