The United States Will Ship Pfizer Vaccines To Caribbean Nations

Approximately 837,000 Pfizer vaccinations are being delivered to Caribbean countries, the US government announced Wednesday. The delivery comes as the area with limited resources battles to deal with a surge in Covid-19 cases, coinciding with violent anti-vaccine rallies.

The Bahamas will get 397,000 pills, trailed by Trinidad and Tobago, which will receive more than the 305,000 doses in total. Barbados will obtain 70,200 pills, while St. Vincent and these Grenadines will get 35,100 doses, Antigua will receive 17,550 doses, and St. Kitts and Nevis will receive 11,700 doses.

The United States Will Ship Pfizer Vaccines To Caribbean Nations

Several small Georgia public school districts have temporarily halted in-person education just a few days after beginning the school year, claiming that high COVID-19 case counts amongst students and staff made it dangerous to continue the program. Other school districts have shuttered specific buildings or placed hundreds of children in quarantine due to contact with persons who have COVID-19. 

In-person courses were suspended on Wednesday in the Macon County district, becoming the county’s fourth district for doing so in recent days, after the smaller Taliaferro and Glascock counties and the larger Talbot County. The 4 districts serve a part of one percent of 1.7 million pupils of Georgia when taken as a whole.

The United States Will Ship Pfizer Vaccines To Caribbean Nations

The difference between this outbreak that all are seeing and the outbreak that was seen last school year is that this appears to be more centered on children than adults, which is scary. This is what Talbot County Superintendent Jack Catrett said in an interview with WTVM-TV. Juan Gonzalez, the National Security Council’s senior director for the Western Hemisphere, said that managing and ending the COVID epidemic, as well as helping to fair recovery, is the Biden-Harris administration’s top priority in the Americas right now. Pfizer received thousands of specialized needles that were necessary for the vaccination, with authorities noting that the contributions had “considerable legal and logistic complexity.

According to a White House official, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), which has contributed more than $28 million to help 14 Caribbean countries battle Covid-19, intends to announce additional money shortly. According to the Caribbean Public Health Agency, located in Trinidad and Tobago, the area has reported more than 1.29 million illnesses and more than 16,000 fatalities, with around 10.7 million individuals having received vaccinations thus far. Haiti, one of the Caribbean countries most hit by the epidemic, got its first vaccination shipment since the outbreak began on July 14; the United States gave 500,000 doses of Moderna vaccines through the COVAX program of the United Nations for the low-income countries on the same day.

Even though the country of more than 11 million people has recorded 20,400 confirmed cases and 575 fatalities, experts believe the figures are significantly underreported due to a general lack of testing. A spokesperson for the National Security Council told The Associated Press that the United States would deliver a significant quantity of more doses to Haiti shortly. Still, she did not provide any other information.

In the wake of recent anti-vaccine demonstrations in Guyana, Antigua, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, whose prime minister got struck in the head with the rock and sent to the hospital for a brief period, the United States government made the statement. The Bahamas, Curacao, Martinique, Guadeloupe, and Trinidad & Tobago are among the islands that have seen a significant increase in Covid-19 instances in recent years. The actions demonstrate how difficult it is to keep schools open as COVID-19 spreads throughout Georgia’s larger community, despite the resolve of local school officials to concentrate on in-person sessions this school year.

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