Antigua and Barbuda expects Moderna COVID vaccines from COVAX facility

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PM takes second dose of Moderna vaccine/ File Photo

Citizens of Antigua and Barbuda will now have more options of COVID-19 vaccines to achieve herd immunity against coronavirus. Following the statement, Prime Minister Gaston Browne announced that country would receive a thousand doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in the coming days under the COVAX Facility.

According to some statements, Moderna will be manufacturing millions of vaccine doses and making them available in the region of the Caribbean and Latin America.

While speaking on his weekly radio talk show, PM Browne said, “We think it’s important for us to expand the choice and to ensure that we have Moderna in stock.”

The government has ordered Moderna to provide over 10,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine in the first instance.

While producing vaccines, Moderna uses Messenger RNA (mRNA) technology. To complete the vaccination regime against COVID-19, there should be a gap of 3-4 weeks between the 1st and 2nd doses.

PM Gaston Browne highlighted that in the coming days, Antigua and Barbuda would have a sufficient number of vaccines like Moderna, Pfizer, Sino pharm, Sputnik V, AstraZeneca to speed up the vaccination drives across the island.

The government is seeking to acquire more doses of COVID-19 vaccines for giving booster shots to the group of vulnerable people within this month.

Antigua and Barbuda is trying to obtain a fully vaccinated population by the end of 2021.

The reports stated that Antigua and Barbuda had a total of 52,600 people fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. The government targeted to have at least 60,000 persons vaccinated within the coming weeks.

The people have required a COVID-19 vaccine mandate to access public places like bars and schools.

PM Browne expects more people to get vaccinated within the coming weeks. (ASSOCIATED TIMES)

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