The recent surge in COVID-19 cases across CARICOM member states has prompted the 15 member bloc to seek assistance from the United States and Britain on certain areas to deal with the situation.
CARICOM leaders met for a special emergency Heads of Government meeting Monday and heard no country in CARICOM is close to herd immunity.
The virtual meeting was chaired by CARICOM Chairman and Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne.
Leaders expressed dismay at the rate of vaccination in the community and the significant incidence of vaccine hesitancy.
CARICOM Heads were also updated on the pandemic from the Executive Director of the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) Dr. Joy St. John, who stressed the percentage of deaths was exceedingly high among unvaccinated people.