Barbados’ vaccination drive has received a significant boost, with the donation of 70,200 Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines from the US government today.
They were donated free of charge as part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s global vaccine sharing framework.
Acting Prime Minister Santia Bradshaw, Minister of Health and Wellness Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Bostic and US Ambassador to Barbados Linda Taglialatela were on hand at the Grantley Adams International Airport to receive the shipment.
This donation is in addition to the first shipment of 70,200 Pfizer vaccines which were delivered to Barbados on August 13th. The US has so far donated more than 200 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to partner countries worldwide.
Speaking at the arrival, Ambassador Taglialatela noted “as Prime Minister Mottley said earlier this week, ‘The COVID-19 pandemic has taught us that national solutions to global problems do not work.’ That’s why we are seeking to provide equitable access to safe and effective vaccines around the world.”
She urged the Barbadian public to access credible sources of information and recognize misinformation that was costing lives.
Ambassador Taglialatela also commended the work of the Government of Barbados in managing the COVID-19 response.