By Benjamin Flowers: Today the United States Embassy in Belmopan announced that 117,000 Pfizer vaccines arrived in Belize, the second part of a commitment made by the US to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
Minister of Health and Wellness Michel Chebat said that the vaccines will help health authorities to take the national vaccination programme into the furthest regions of our country. Chebat stressed that the national vaccination programme has seen increasing success but that the key to fighting the pandemic is the eventual vaccination of all Belizeans.
“We are ever mindful that none of us are safe until we are all safe,” Chebat said.
Following the arrival of the vaccines U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Leyla Moses-Ones said, “The American people stand strong with Belize in these unprecedented times. Our support for the people of Belize is unwavering. These donated vaccines are clinically proven to protect us from stronger and more deadly strains of the COVID-19 virus. Today’s donation brings us closer to helping our children return to school for face-to-face learning, resuming to normal business operations, and going back to other essential elements of our lives that have been disrupted by this pandemic.”
A joint release from the Government of Belize and the US embassy noted today that the US government has given more than US$2.8 million. in COVID-19 support since last year.
Those contributions have assisted in raising Belize’s capacity to detect COVID-19 variants in laboratory surveillance, protecting front-line workers, and facilitated the national vaccination campaign aimed at saving lives and helping children and teachers return safely to the classroom.