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Jamaica: Vaccine galore – Gov’t lands deal to receive 1.8 million doses next month

The Government has announced that it has reached a deal with the African Medical Supply Platform for the delivery of 1.8 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, starting next month.

The announcement comes as the Holness administration is under pressure to commence vaccination against the disease that has caused the public-health system to creak under record hospitalisations and infections in February.

Further, the 50,000 AstraZeneca vaccines gifted by the Indian government will be arriving in the island no later than Thursday, Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton disclosed at a press conference at Jamaica House on Sunday.

And 14,400 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine procured under the COVAX Facility will arrive here on March 11 from Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Tufton had told Parliament that Jamaica would receive approximately 140,000 doses of vaccines from COVAX and up to 249,000 of the AstraZeneca vaccines by mid-February.

Each person is expected to get two doses of the vaccine.

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