India to donate COVID-19 vaccines to Jamaica

February 26, 2021

Jamaica is set to get a donation of COVID-19 vaccines from India.

This disclosure was made by Indian High Commissioner to Jamaica His Excellency Ambassador Masakui Rungsung at a function this morning.

Ambassador Rungsung did not provide details on the amount of doses Jamaica will get, neither did he give the exact date the vaccine will arrive.

The Health Ministry had previously stated that it expects to receive 50,000 doses of vaccines from India.

Rungsung pointed out that India has committed to providing 500,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccines to Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries and that Jamaica’s share is ready to be shipped.

He explained that the vaccines should have been here already but that the shipment was delayed due to issues.

This morning’s occasion was the handing over of medicines and supplies valued at an estimated US$100,000 from India to assist Jamaica with its COVID-19 response.

Health Minister, Dr Christopher Tufton, expressed thanks for the donation on behalf of the Government.

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