The United States donated 11,700 COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine doses free of charge to the people of Dominica on Tuesday, September 21. U.S. Embassy to Dominica Deputy Chief of Mission David Schnier joined Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit at the Douglas Charles Airport to welcome the vaccines, a direct result of cooperation between the United States and Dominica.
“This is the first tranche of the 46,800 COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine doses committed to Dominica by the United States,” said Deputy Chief of Mission Schnier. “These are the same vaccines that all Americans can receive and are the same does the United States is sharing globally. We know that Dominica takes this pandemic seriously, and vaccines are the fastest way to end it.”
The donation by the U.S. government is part of the 5.5 million Pfizer vaccine doses committed by the United States for donation to the countries of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). The Biden-Harris Administration has donated and delivered more than 110 million doses to over 60 countries, exceeding its original framework for sharing 80 million doses and delivering on its promise of serving as an arsenal of vaccines for the world.
This donation is in addition to the 28,800 vaccines provided to Dominica in April through the COVAX Facility, which the United States supports with US$4 billion in financial commitments.
Prime Minister Skerrit thanked U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission Schnier for his visit and the U.S. vaccine donation. “I consider this generous donation by President Biden and the American people another major milestone in our continuing efforts to tackle the spread of COVID-19 among our population and indeed the entire world.” The Prime Minister said during remarks at a welcome ceremony outside the airport. “President Biden has been exceptional in his leadership on the global stage in respect to COVID-19. His advocacy has no doubt brought about greater confidence in the international health governance system.”
U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission Schnier noted the issue of vaccine hesitancy as a barrier to full recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. He also noted that disinformation campaigns spread false information about the safety and efficacy of vaccines. He explained, “The fact is – too many Dominicans, both on this island and in the United States, have died from COVID-19. Our cooperation today says that we choose science, facts, transparency, and saving lives.” All of the vaccines that the United States Government donates are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the World Health Organization. Scientific teams and legal and regulatory authorities from the United States and the region have worked together to ensure the delivery of safe and effective vaccines.