Jamaica is to receive a batch of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses next week courtesy of the Indian government.
Indian High Commissioner to Jamaica, Rungsung Masakui, made the disclosure while speaking at a handing over ceremony on Friday (February 26) morning.
“Today, just before I came here I received the good news that, I would like to convey to you honourable ministers, that the vaccine are to arrive next week , I am not giving the exact date although, I have it with me ,” said Masakui
‘” Honourable ministers we all are aware that India has donated 500,000 doses of its share, which is AstraZeneca to CARICOM countries. And Jamaica’s share is ready to be shipped. Ordinarily, the vaccines would have been here by now as we speak. However as we are talking of the extraordinary times and situations and due to the mounting pressure and limited cargo space in the limited sphere of flights the shipment could not be scheduled on time as expected, this has gone beyond our control,” added Masakui.
The Indian High Commissioner handed over medication valued at $100 million USD to the Ministry of Health and Wellness.