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More COVID-19 vaccines arrive in Jamaica

Howard Mitchell, Chairman of the National Health Fund
 
Jamaica on Tuesday received more than 200,000 doses of AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.
 
Radio Jamaica News understands 100,800 doses of both brands were delivered.
 
The AstraZeneca doses arrived from Canada through the COVAX facility, while the Johnson & Johnson doses were received through the African Medical Supplies Platform.
 
Howard Mitchell, Chairman of the National Health Fund, said by Wednesday afternoon there should be a fixed date for the arrival of the next batch of 200,000 Pfizer vaccine doses being donated by the United States. 
 
He explained that a date has not yet been set because "from time to time, you will have dislocations in supply arrangements because of how COVID has affected global transportation logistics." In addition, he noted "there are bureaucratic considerations arising out of the need to transfer vaccines between jurisdictions."
 


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