In a shot across the bow directed at world powers like the United States, Prime Minister Andrew Holness cast Jamaica’s mass vaccination of more than 75,000 people over four days as a global marker and laid down the gauntlet for hoarders of the life-saving vials to free up supplies.

The prime minister did not name the United States, but it was apparent the Biden administration which is sitting on tens of millions of doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine was in the cross hairs of Holness’ rebuke.

In an impassioned appeal in the nation’s Parliament, Holness said that it would be a travesty of mankind for wealthy countries to allow COVID-19 vaccines to expire without making them available to countries starved of the inoculant.

Holness noted that the 75,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine that arrived in Kingston days ago have already been used up as the health ministry ramped up inoculation in an islandwide blitz.


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