Three billion dollars is being spent to vaccinate 16 per cent of the population against COVID-19, and the bill will climb with the Government giving early signals that the medicine could be introduced into the regular inoculation schedule for the population.
Jamaica is among six Caribbean Public Health Agency members that have been provided with the full down payment required for the COVAX Facility.
The COVAX Facility is designed to accelerate equitable access by countries globally to appropriate, safe, and efficacious COVID-19 vaccines.
With concern growing that poorer countries are being crowded out of the vaccine market by wealthy nations, it was announced that just under 300,000 doses are scheduled to arrive in the island on April 21 by air transport.
That will be enough for five per cent of the population.
Those are to be used to commence phase one of the national vaccination programme.