Posted: Monday, March 8, 2021. 9:30 pm CST.
By Benjamin Flowers, Belize City: The Ministry of Health and Wellness announced today, that the 25,000 AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines donated by the Government of India arrived in the country today.
The vaccines arrived in the country on United Airlines Flight No. 1408, which landed at 2:00 p.m. at the Philip Goldson International Airport. On-site to receive the vaccines on behalf of the Ministry was Minister of Health and Wellness Michel Chebat, his Chief Executive Officer Dr. Deysi Mendez, Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Ambassador H.E. Amalia Mai, and other senior staff of the MOHW. Arun Hutchandani, Honorary Consul of India in Belize as well as other officials and representatives of the Indian Community were also present for the delivery of the donation.
“The formal acquisition of this donation was made possible through the Office of the Prime Minister; Hon. Eamon Courtenay, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade; Mr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, Indian Foreign Minister; and His Excellency Manpreet Vohra, High Commissioner of India,” the Ministry said. “The COVID-19 Vaccination Exercise continues this week with the remaining frontline health workers in the public and private sector. Thereafter, the Ministry will move to phase 1b and start administering vaccines to persons 60 years and older. The public is encouraged to get vaccinated when it’s their turn.”
The MOHW took the opportunity to remind the public that even after being vaccinated, persons are to continue to follow the COVID-19 guidelines such as wearing masks properly in public, maintaining social distancing, washing and sanitizing hands often.
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