BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Barbados on Thursday became equipped for a major push to reach its COVID-19 vaccination target, with the arrival of 70,200 doses of the Pfizer vaccine.
The shipment was the second tranche of a gift from the United States.
The vaccines, which arrived on a DHL Express cargo flight just before 10 a.m., were part of almost 600 000 doses shared between Barbados, Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Belize, and Jamaica over the past three days.
After witnessing the arrival of the shipment at the Grantley Adams International Airport, US Ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Linda S. Taglialatela, said: “In August, the United States donated 70,200 Pfizer vaccines free of charge. And here we are again, donating 70,200 more. No other country in the world has provided Barbados with this level of assistance.
“Vaccines defeated smallpox. Vaccines protect millions of people from measles and polio. Vaccines are the fastest and most sure way to end this COVID-19 pandemic.”
During an online press conference from Brussels with the local media earlier in the day, Prime Minister Mia Mottley thanked the US Government for the gift, noting that the arrival of the latest shipment was a direct result of discussions she had last month with US Vice-President Kamala Harris.
Mottley added that an increase in the number of fully vaccinated Barbadians would be followed by a relaxation of restrictions, including the current 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew.