CARICOM & Latin America To Receive 14 Million Vaccine Doses from Biden Administration

by Carolee Chanona

On Monday, the Biden-Harris Administration is announcing the distribution list for 55 million of the 80 million doses of America’s own vaccine supply President Biden has pledged to allocate by the end of June in service of ending the pandemic globally. Of that, approximately 41 million will be shared through COVAX, with the following allocations: approximately 14 million for Latin America and the Caribbean to the following: Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Paraguay, Bolivia, Uruguay, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Haiti, and other Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries, Dominican Republic, Panama, and Costa Rica.

Earlier this month, the Administration announced the plan for the first 25 million doses that we have begun shipping, and yesterday’s announcement completes the list for the remaining 55 million doses. For all of these doses, those most at risk, such as health care workers, should be prioritized, based on national vaccine plans.

Belize’s Own Vaccination Rollout

On June 12, Belize received its latest batch of AstraZeneca vaccine doses, thanks to a donation from the Government and people of Mexico. With both Sinopharm and AstraZeneca vaccines available, Belize has administered at least 97,404 doses of COVID vaccines so far. Assuming every person needs 2 doses, that’s enough to have vaccinated about 12.5% of the country’s population.

As vaccinations continue, Belize preps to enter the last phase of its Travel Reopening Plan with the return of cruise tourism on July 7, 2021. 

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