US donated Pfizer vaccines to arrive in Jamaica by month’s end

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Wellness, Dunstan Bryan, addresses virtual COVID Conversation press conference on March 2. (Photo: JIS)

Permanent secretary in the Ministry of Health Dunstan Bryan said that a quantity of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines, being donated by the US, are expected to arrive in the island by the end of June.

Bryan made the disclosure while speaking on Wednesday (June 23) at a sitting of the joint select committee on the COVID-19 pandemic; however he noted that details regarding the quantity of vaccines and the specific date of arrival remained unknown.

“We are unable, at this point in time to announce any specificity around number and date of arrival. We are still, based on the conversations that we are having with the government of the United States, and that conversation is being led by CARICOM in collaboration with the Caribbean Public Health Agency are having this conversation and it is projected that this donation once finalised in terms of numbers and volumes will be delivered by the end of June,” Bryan said.

More jabs on the way

Bryan shared that Jamaica is to receive more vaccine doses in July and August, adding that there would be an undisclosed quantity from the COVAX facility and a large shipment of J&J jabs brokered through the African Medical Supply Platform.

The PS noted that while Jamaica was expecting to receive another shipment of AstraZeneca vaccines from the COVAX facility in July, the number of vaccines would be dependent on market conditions at the time of the delivery.

“This 66,000 projections is not final, it is still in negotiation based on the fluctuations in the market for vaccines, and depending on what is happening in the international movement of vaccines across the world. So right now, our best information at this time from COVAX is that we should have supply in July of approximately 60,000 AstraZeneca vaccines,” Bryan said.