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COVID-19 vaccines donated by India en route to Jamaica

Health Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton, speaking with 'Hotline' host Emily Shields
 
The 50,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines donated to Jamaica have now left India. 
 
The consignment of Made in India COVID-19 vaccines was airlifted on Friday for Jamaica, Guyana and Nicaragua under the Vaccine Maitri initiative.
 
The information was shared by India's Ministry of External Affairs on Twitter.
 
Foreign Affairs Minister Kamina Johnson Smith responded saying Jamaica looks forward to receiving the gift.
 
Health Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton has said he is expecting the shipment to arrive on Monday.
 
It was originally expected on Thursday before the government announced a delay. 
 
Under the Vaccine Maitri initiative 25 nations across the world have already received Made in India vaccines and 49 more countries will be supplied in coming days.
 
Asked on Friday whether the Jamaican Government had signed an indemnity agreement for the vaccines, Health Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton said it had not done so with India, but did sign such an agreement with vaccine manufacturer AstraZeneca. 
 
The indemnity agreement will serve as a waiver of liability for the vaccine manufacturer and protect it from possible lawsuits.
 


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