The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on Wednesday expressed concern that regional states may not have equal access to COVID-19 vaccines and called for a global summit to address the matter.
In a statement, CARICOM said it was deeply concerned at the current prospect of inequitable access to vaccines especially for frontline workers and vulnerable populations.
The regional group said the reality is that small states will find it difficult to compete in the market place to ensure equitable access for vaccines.
It said it will explore all available options to access vaccines.
As of January 9, there were 43 vaccines being developed across the world that are in phase-one trials.
Twenty are in phase two and another 20 are in phase-three trials.
Seven vaccines are in early or limited use in countries and three are fully approved for use.