St. Kitts And Nevis Receiving COVID-19 Vaccines Through COVAX Facility Today

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, April 06, 2021 (Press Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister) – The Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis will be receiving its share of COVID-19 vaccines through the COVAX Facility later today, Tuesday, April 06, 2021.

The COVAX Facility, to which St. Kitts and Nevis is a member, is a global effort co-led by the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), the Gavi Vaccine Alliance, UNICEF, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).

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Officials from the Ministry of Health have confirmed that the country will receive its full total of 21,600 doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine today as a result of its participation in the global alliance.

The Federation secured its portion of vaccines through the arrangement by paying the required sum of US$223,660. The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) paid US$96,163 on behalf of the Federation while the Government paid the balance of US$127,497.

The vaccines will be received during a brief ceremony at the RLB International Airport.

As at Saturday, April 03, a total of 9,540 doses of the vaccine were administered to citizens and residents of St. Kitts and Nevis, representing 28.88 percent of 70 percent of the Government’s target population.

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