Juan Gonzalez, director of the United States National Security Council for the Western Hemisphere, said the Biden-Harris government's priority on the continent is to tackle the epidemic and contribute to its equitable rehabilitation.
The United States government reported Wednesday to deliver almost 837,000 Pfizer vaccines against COVID-19 to Caribbean countries. However, the region with limited resources faces an increase in coronavirus cases and violent protests against the vaccine.
The Bahamas will receive 397,000 doses; more than 305,000 will be for Trinidad and Tobago; 70,200 for Barbados, 35,100 for Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, 15,550 for Antigua 11,700 for Saint Kitts and Nevis.
The priority of the Biden-Harris government on the continent is to deal with and end the COVID pandemic and contribute to a fair recovery, said Juan González, the director of the US National Security Council for the Western Hemisphere.
Thousands of special Pfizer vaccine syringes will also be donated, and officials noted that the donations include significant legal complexities and logistics.
In addition, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), which has provided more than 28 million to 14 Caribbean countries to fight Code 19, will soon receive additional funding, according to a White House official.
According to the Trinidad-based Caribbean Public Safety Agency, more than 1.29 million cases and more than 16,000 deaths have been reported from the coronavirus in the Caribbean region, and about 10 10.7 million people have been vaccinated so far.
Among the hardest-hit countries in the Caribbean in Haiti, which on July 14 received its first shipment of vaccines since the pandemic began, with 500,000 doses of Moderna donated by United States through the United Nations COVAX program for low-income countries. In a country of more than 11 million people, 20,400 confirmed cases and 575 deaths have been reported, although experts believe that this number is far below reality due to a few tests.
A spokeswoman for the National Security Council told the AP news agency that the United States "will soon send a significant number of additional doses to Haiti." Still, no further details were available at this time.
The United States announced in recent anti-vaccine demonstrations and grenadines in St. Vincent, Guyana, Antigua, whose prime minister was stoned to death last week and briefly hospitalized.
Among the islands struggling the most with an increase in COVID-19 cases are the Bahamas, Curaçao, Martinique, Guadeloupe, and Trinidad and Tobago.