Saint Vincent and the Grenadines has given away more vaccines than it has used.
This is according to Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves who says only three days ago St Vincent and the Grenadines gave away 10,000 AstraZeneca doses to three Caribbean countries out of the 20,000 which it received from Canada. The vaccines from that batch will expire at the end of the month and had to be given away.
There are still vaccines remaining to administer second doses. Gonsalves says St Vincent and the Grenadines continues to give away vaccines because people are not taking it.
He warns: “We might find ourselves when we are ready to take it… we don’t have it.”
The prime minister notes SVG has a lot of Sputnik V and its only problem is that it’s not accepted in several jurisdictions.
Gonsalves says he has received calls from two prime ministers in the Caribbean asking if St Vincent and the Grenadines has any Pfizer vaccines to spare. It has an expiry date up to February 2022.
“The US government has contacted us they want to know how much we have been using. While other countries going to get their second tranche, we are not in a position to tell them to give us the second tranche yet. Will it be available when we want it?”
The Vincentian prime minister also spoke on the topic of curfews and COVID-19. Gonsalves says he does think anyone could say a curfew has worked anywhere seriously and would need to be persuaded.
“When you lockdown and open back up, we see a certain explosion taking place.”
The prime minister was speaking during a radio programme on Sunday.
In its COVID-19 update for October 10, St Vincent and the Grenadines recorded 113 new cases and five deaths.
Among the deceased were:
- A 94-year-old male who tested positive for COVID-19 on admission to the COVID ward at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital died on October 8 of COVID-19 pneumonia.
- A 60-year-old female tested positive for COVID-19 on September 27 and died on October 8 while admitted to the COVID-19 ward at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital.
- A 34-year-old female tested positive for COVID-19 on September 22 and died on October 8.
- A 70-year-old female with pre-existing conditions tested positive for COVID-19 on admission to the COVID-19 ward at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital on October 4 and died of COVID-19 pneumonia on October 8
- A 77-year-old male tested positive for COVID-19 on October 5 and died at home with complications of COVID-19 on October 9.
The Ministry of Health says all the patients were unvaccinated. Their deaths bring the death toll from the virus to 38.
According to its latest vaccination update as of October 6, the total number of vaccines administered stands at 35,118 where 21,336 people have received their first dose and 13,782 their second dose.
St Vincent and the Grenadines has 1,286 active COVID-19 cases.