06 April 2021
Barbados receives the first COVID-19 vaccines through the COVAX Facility
From right - Dr. Yitades Gebre, PAHO/WHO Representative for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Countries, the Hon. Mia Amor Mottley, Prime Minister of Barbados and Ambassador of the EU to Barbados Her Excellency Ms. Malgorzata Wasilewski. Credit: PAHO/2021.
Bridgetown, Barbados (PAHO / WHO) - Barbados today received 33,600 doses of COVID-19 vaccines through the COVAX Facility, a global effort between the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance Gavi, UNICEF , the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
The arrival marks a historic step toward ensuring the equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines worldwide, in the largest vaccine procurement and supply operation in history. This delivery is part of the first phase of deliveries for Barbados, and more vaccines are expected to arrive successively during 2021. According to the first round of COVAX allocations, Barbados is expected to continue receiving doses through May until it reaches 100,800, the amount specified by COVAX.