U.S President, Joseph Biden in his response to the Chairman of CARICOM, Dr. Keith Rowley on the region acquiring AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines, confirmed the United States’ commitment to partnering with COVAX and other multinational institutions to ensure distribution of vaccines.
In a release issued by the Office of the Prime Minister this afternoon, on 25 March, 2021 and again on 7 April, 2021 Dr Rowley met with US Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services.
One of the key issues discussed at these meetings was the need for the equitable distribution of vaccines.
On 19 April, 2021 the Prime Minister held talks with Elizabeth Cameron, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Global Health Security and Biodefense at The White House to again highlight the critical need for the region to have an adequate and urgent supply of vaccines.
In all these meetings, the Chairman of CARICOM raised heightened concerns about the increased danger posed by several variants of the COVID-19 virus developing or entering within regional territories.
The OPM says a commitment was received that once the policy of redistribution is readied CARICOM will not be ignored.
President Biden said he will be happy to work with and supply the region with vaccines, but also stated that his first priority is the health and safety of U.S citizens.