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First doses of COVAX Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines touch down in Belize

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Posted: Wednesday, March 31, 2021. 11:30 am CST.

By Aaron Humes: 33,600 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine have touched down in Belize, as projected, at the very end of the first quarter.

This morning, at the Philip Goldson International Airport in Ladyville, the representatives of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization and the GAVI International Vaccine Alliance will get a warm Belizean welcome as Belize prepares to ramp up vaccination efforts.

Already some 20,000 persons, from health care workers to teachers to elderly to frontline workers and even members of the National Assembly have been vaccinated, despite worrying reports from elsewhere about the efficacy of the vaccine.

Present are Minister of Health and Wellness Michel Chebat; Special Envoy for Development of Families and Children Rossana Briceno, representing her husband the Prime Minister; and the Belizean representatives of the European Union, PAHO/WHO, and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

Alison Parker, the representative of the latter, referenced the importance of the vaccination drive for restoring normalcy in the lives of children, who depend ont their parents for safety and security.

We’ll have highlights of the presentation as it happens.


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