United States says its Donating Additional Pfizer Vaccines to Antigua and Barbuda

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Prime Minister Gaston Browne listing to the opening comments from President of the United States, Joseph Biden

The U.S. Government is preparing to donate its second tranche of Pfizer vaccine doses to Antigua and Barbuda next month.

The White House notified CARICOM earlier this week that approximately 550,000 vaccine doses would be ready to ship in November to CARICOM countries and as part of that Antigua and Barbuda is scheduled to receive its second shipment of 23,400 vaccine doses. The first donation by the U.S. Government of 17,550 doses arrived August 12.

“We were encouraged by the positive response in Antigua and Barbuda to the availability of the cutting-edge Pfizer vaccine,” said U.S. Ambassador Linda Taglialatela. “This announcement of the upcoming second tranche of donated doses reflects the continued commitment by the United States to increase vaccine supply and access to the Caribbean, free of charge and with no strings attached.”

All the vaccines that the U.S. Government donates are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The Pfizer vaccine is the only vaccine approved for use in children as young as 12 years old, and is undergoing an approval process for use in children as young as five.

These are the same vaccines that all Americans can receive and are the same doses the United States is sharing globally.

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.

“On the eve of Antigua and Barbuda’s independence, the United States stands with its neighbor to fight this pandemic and assist with its COVID-19 recovery,” said Ambassador Taglialatela

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