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US To Send Millions Of COVID-19 Doses To LATAM and the Caribbean

  • A health worker extracts a dose of Pfizer vaccine in Coahuila, Mexico, May 28, 2021.

    A health worker extracts a dose of Pfizer vaccine in Coahuila, Mexico, May 28, 2021. | Photo: EFE

Published 4 June 2021 (4 hours 51 minutes ago)
Opinion

So far, however, Washington has only distributed three million doses to other countries, despite widespread criticisms that the richest countries are hoarding vaccines.

U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday announced he plans to send the first tranche of approximately six million COVID-19 doses for South and Central America in the upcoming days.

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The White House informed the doses will be donated to Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, Peru, Ecuador, Paraguay, Bolivia, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Panama, Haiti, and countries of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).

“Biden’s announcement is a good step forward in our drive to get vaccines for our people in Latin America and the Caribbean,” the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director-General Carissa Etienne said.

“We are grateful for this dose-sharing initiative and encourage other countries with surplus vaccines to donate them to our region, which is currently the hardest hit by the pandemic worldwide,” she added.

In Latin America, health systems are failing and vaccines are scarce. Over 1 million people have died from COVID-19 as the virus continues to spread faster there than in any other region, according to PAHO.

“We must do all in our power to secure more doses for all nations in the Americas. Regional solidarity... will be key to get us through the current shortage of supply,” Barbados’ Prime Minister Mia Mottley recalled.

Nevertheless, over the past year, Washington has only distributed three million doses to other countries, despite the international community’s criticisms that the richest countries are hoarding vaccines while millions of people are dying from the disease.

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