The Government of Belize is pleased to announce the arrival of a donation of 42,000 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine from the Government of the United Kingdom. The donation arrived late evening on Tuesday, August 3, 2021, at the Phillip Goldson International airport.
This donation is a part of a surplus of 9 million COVID-19 vaccines, which the Government of the United Kingdom announced will be shared with countries across the world. The vaccines are produced by Oxford Biomedica in Oxford and packaged in Wrexham, North Wales.
H.E. Claire Evans, British High Commissioner to Belize, expressed her pleasure at the donation that will help Belize in the fight against COVID-19 and efforts to get more persons vaccinated. She shared that Belize is among the first countries to receive this country-to-country donation of vaccines from the Government and people of the United Kingdom.
CEO Dr. Deysi Mendez received the donation on behalf of the Ministry of Health & Wellness. Dr. Mendez expressed gratitude to both the office of the British High Commissioner and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Immigration for ensuring the safe delivery of the donation, which will see 21,000 more Belizeans fully vaccinated.
Ambassador Amalia Mai, Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Immigration, was also present for the arrival of the vaccines.
In addition to the UK donation, Belize was fortunate to also receive its third shipment of 33,600 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine on Tuesday, August 3, 2021. The vaccines were procured by the Government of Belize through the COVAX Facility, a partnership which includes Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), the Vaccine Alliance Gavi, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the World Health Organization (WHO), and UNICEF.
The Ministry of Health & Wellness takes this opportunity to reiterate the call for persons 18 years and older to get vaccinated. Persons can visit any public health facilities to get vaccinated. To be fully vaccinated, persons must receive two doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine. The ministry invites persons who have received their first vaccine to return eight weeks after for the second vaccine. The public is also reminded that even after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, persons must continue to follow the COVID-19 prevention guidelines.