First batch of COVID-19 vaccine arrives in St. Kitts and Nevis

The first batch of COVID-19 vaccine arrives in the Federation.
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Prime Minister, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris.

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts — The Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis has secured its first batch of Novel Coronavirus vaccines.

Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, in a national address on Saturday, February 13, confirmed that the Federation received 2,000 doses of vaccine this week, courtesy of the Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica.

“Our first batch of vaccines has arrived in the Federation and will soon be in the arms of our frontline workers and other priority groups as determined by our healthcare professionals,” said Prime Minister Harris.

“We also received confirmation from the Director of the COVAX Office that the Federation is set to receive 21,600 doses of vaccine by the end of this month,” said the Hon. Dr. Harris. In addition, the Republic of China (Taiwan) has pledged $600,000 for extra vaccines. Additional assistance of vaccine donations is also expected from the Government of India and other allies.”

Prime Minister Harris stated that the goal of his Government is to achieve herd immunity in St. Kitts and Nevis by having more than 70 percent of the population immunized against the deadly virus.

“I am certain that we will be successful in running this last leg of the race against COVID-19,” he said. “We hope to see our nation return to some sense of normalcy in the near future and the return of more economic activity. We have been successful so far to strike a delicate balance between saving lives and preserving livelihoods. We are now pivoting to getting everyone back to work, but this must be done in a careful and safe manner.”

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