On Tuesday, August 24, United States Ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Linda Taglialatela attended the ceremony for the arrival of the latest allocation of 33,600 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to Barbados through the COVAX Facility. This delivery brings the total doses delivered to Barbados through COVAX to 100,800. COVAX, a global initiative to support equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines, has since April provided tens of thousands of residents in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean access to safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines. Tuesday’s COVAX delivery comes on the heels of the delivery of 70,200 Pfizer vaccines donated to Barbados by the U.S. Government as part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s goal of ending the pandemic globally by expanding worldwide access to vaccines.
U.S. Ambassador Taglialatela stated, “These vaccine deliveries demonstrate the United States’ commitment to working closely with Barbados to protect the health of Barbadians and strengthen the government’s response to COVID-19. We will continue meeting this challenge together.”
Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley welcomed the COVAX delivery saying, “We know as I’ve said that we have seen Delta in this community. We know that it is going to require the efforts of each and every Barbadian in partnership, just as it requires our continued partnership with the international community. Let me say specifically to the European Union, to the United Kingdom, to Canada, to Japan, to the United States of America, and to the United Nations institutions, the people of Barbados say thank you.”
The United States is the world’s largest donor for equitable global COVID-19 vaccine access with an initial $2 billion donation of a total planned $4 billion to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance that supports the COVAX Advance Market Commitment, which accelerates access to COVID-19 vaccines.