By Aaron Humes: During this week’s Cabinet meeting, Cabinet approved the Taiwanese COVID-19 vaccine, Medigen, as an entry requirement for Taiwanese entering Belize.
Not much is known about this vaccine and it has not been in use here. It is not clear whether this will lead to it being certified for use here as China’s Sinopharm and other more well-known vaccines are. Notably, Taiwan has kept its numbers of COVID-19 cases and deaths well down compared to countries in its region and indeed the world.
In other COVID-19 and vaccine news, the percentage of Belizeans partially vaccinated is up to 48.1 percent, while the percentage of fully vaccinated persons is now at 43.3 percent.
Belize has more than 370 thousand vials of vaccines on hand, primarily Pfizer and AstraZeneca. Cabinet continues to encourage booster shots for all health care workers, persons 60 years and older, and persons with comorbidities.
Cabinet also approved recommendations from the Ministry of Tourism and Diaspora Relations to make certain adjustments to the current COVID-19 public health measures to take effect 22nd November 2021. These measures will be published shortly by the Ministry of Health & Wellness.
The public is strongly urged in a reminder to wear masks, maintain physical distance, wash hands regularly, and for those not fully vaccinated to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Vaccines save lives.