The United States donated an additional 93,600 Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines to Antigua and Barbuda and Barbados on Thursday, November 4. U.S. Ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Linda Taglialatela joined Barbados’ Acting Prime Minister Santia Bradshaw and Minister of Health and Wellness Jeffrey Bostic at Grantley Adams International Airport to receive Barbados’ shipment. The vaccines were donated free of charge to the peoples of Antigua and Barbuda and Barbados by the U.S. Government as part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s global vaccine sharing framework.
This is the second tranche of U.S. donated Pfizer vaccines to be delivered. The United States has thus far donated more than 200 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to partner countries worldwide. “We recognize to whom much is given, much is required. No other country in the world has provided Barbados this level of assistance,” said Ambassador Taglialatela, speaking at the arrival. “President Biden has committed America to providing vaccines around the world. As Prime Minister Mottley said earlier this week, ‘The COVID-19 pandemic has taught us that national solutions to global problems do not work.’ That’s why we are seeking to provide equitable access to safe and effective vaccines around the world.”
Ambassador Taglialatela explained the benefits of vaccines in protecting against diseases from smallpox to measles to polio. She asked the Barbadian public to access credible sources of information and recognize misinformation that was costing lives. “Frontline workers and healthcare professionals continue to fight this virus in hospitals, isolation centers, and clinics across both our countries,” said the Ambassador. She also commended the work of the Government of Barbados in managing the COVID-19 response. “You have been exceptional partners, and I am confident in our continued cooperation.”