The government today received a donation of a 16-seater minibus and medical and technological supplies worth $ 54 million.
The donation was made by the Pan American Health Organization and the World Health Organization in conjunction with the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Minister of State at the Department of Health and Welfare Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn thanked the donation, saying the articles will help in the fight against the pandemic.
“… This pandemic has taught us that we need each other to support us,” she said.
For his part, Ian Stein, PAHO and WHO Representative for Jamaica, said this was the first of many donations to come.
“Due to the urgent need for these particular goods and supplies, we believe there is an urgent need to move this process forward … we want to ensure that we do not delay in expanding Jamaica’s response to COVID-19,” said Stein.
He added that PAHO has consistently strengthened its response and support across the Americas, which is helping to save lives, protect health workers, and protect vulnerable groups from the deadly virus.
Meanwhile, addressing the issue of vaccines, John McIntyre, head of mission at the US Embassy in Kingston, assured that the shipment of Pfizer vaccine to Jamaica is still scheduled.
“We made a commitment, it is coming, the Pfizer is coming,” he said.
However, he could not give a deadline for delivery.
McIntyre said he looks forward to continued cooperation with the Jamaican government with additional medical items to be delivered by the United States in the coming weeks.
– Asha Wilks
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