Guyana is the latest Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country to receive a donation of Pfizer vaccines from the United States.
Washington said that Guyana will receive 146,250 doses of Pfizer vaccines on Wednesday, joining Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Kitts-Nevis, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, St. Lucia, the Bahamas and Dominica that have already received donations from the United States.
Washington said that scientific teams and legal and regulatory authorities from both countries have worked together to ensure the prompt delivery of safe and effective vaccine lots to Guyana
“America will be the arsenal of vaccines in our fight against COVID-19. We are proud to be able to deliver these safe and effective vaccines to the people of Guyana. We are sharing these doses not to secure favours or extract concessions. Our vaccines do not come with strings attached. We are doing this with the singular objective of saving lives,” said US President Joe Biden.
“We’re leading the world in a global vaccine strategy because it’s the right thing to do. It’s the right thing morally, the right thing from a global public health perspective, and right for our collective security and well-being,” he added.
The Biden-Harris administration understands that putting an end to this pandemic requires eliminating it around the world. In addition to the two billion US dollar donated to COVAX, the U.S. government has purchased 500 million Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines to distribute them through the year to the African Union and 92 low and lower-middle-income countries as defined by Gavi’s COVAX Advanced Market Commitment.
The G7 followed up by committing an additional 500 million doses for the world. The US announcement represents the largest-ever purchase and donation of vaccines by a single country and a commitment by the American people to help protect people around the world from COVID-19 according to Washington.