US donates 288,990 vaccines to Guyana to fight COVID-19

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In this Jan. 22, 2021, file photo, used vials of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine lay empty at a vaccination center at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas. The U.S. government announced on Aug. 11, 2021 it will deliver Pfizer vaccines to the Caribbean.
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Ambassador of the United States to Guyana Sarah-Ann Lynch said the United States has been distributing vaccines to Guyana since the Coronavirus pandemic started, working with Guyanese, and the Guyana government.

To date, the US has donated 288,990 vaccines to the Republic. 

“In the early days we provided, some PPE, then we went on to provide the very necessary refrigerators to store the vaccines safely,” said Lynch, in a recent interview with the Guyana media. “Then we provided tents so when people were waiting for the vaccination, they didn’t have to endure the elements.”

“We have been providing all those things along the way,” she said, adding that the United States AID has also helped with messaging to encourage people to get the vaccination, based around wearing masks and sanitizing. 

“We’ve been here throughout the pandemic, working with Guyana, and we are so pleased to mostly provide a lot of vaccines,” said Lynch. “Guyana has done well with vaccination — it is now time to turn those vaccines, into vaccinations. So, we really want to encourage people, to get the jab, to get their booster, if needed, and do so today, if it’s possible.”

She then wished all Guyanese a Merry Christmas and reminded citizens once again to get vaccinated.

In his New Year’s speech, President of Guyana Dr. Mohamed Irfaan Ali announced that 441,000 citizens received the first dose of the COVID-19 shot, 317,000 have received the second dose, and 11,000 have been inoculated with the booster shot.

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