Colombia was the first country in the region to receive vaccines through the Covax initiative on March 1 (117,000 doses from Pfizer-BioNTech), which are administrated to groups of risk, including indigenous communities in the Colombian-Amazon region.
On March 13, Honduras received 48,000 doses, and on March 15, Jamaica became the first Caribbean country to receive Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines (14,400) as part of the Covax initiative.
Orders for Paraguay, Nicaragua and Bolivia are expected soon, the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) stated.
Until May 2021, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Saint Lucia and Suriname will receive more than 2.1 million doses also through the Covax initiative.
Six of those 15 countries (Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Haiti, and Saint Lucia) will receive them at no cost.
Covax is co-led by the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO).
In the last week, the Americas reported more than one million new Covid-19 cases, totaling nearly 52 million. More than 1.2 million patients have died of complication related to the disease.
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