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March 25, 2022

The United States Government today announced plans to provide $1.5 million in urgent COVID-19 relief through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to countries like Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Barbados, Saint Kitts and Nevis and Saint Lucia. , Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, the Bahamas, Guyana, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago.

This assistance will focus on helping countries with vaccine deployment and preparedness, and includes efforts to address vaccine hesitancy and address misinformation and misinformation about vaccines. The additional support will contribute to community vaccination campaigns and engagement activities, strengthen the cold chain environment, train health workers and develop specific regional and national campaigns to increase vaccination.

Activities will be implemented through local, regional and international organizations such as local ministries of health, local non-governmental organizations, the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), the Pan American Health (OPS), UNICEF and USAID. Health Information Systems and Data Use (CHISU) project implemented by JSI Research and Training Institute, Inc.

U.S. Ambassador to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States Linda Taglialatela said, “Through this funding, the United States is reaching out to countries to help health and economic recovery from the devastation of COVID-19. .”

USAID Regional Representative for the Eastern and Southern Caribbean, Clinton. D. White, noted, “The funding will fill key gaps to accelerate COVID-19 vaccine uptake and strengthen country preparedness for future pandemic threats.

This additional assistance builds on previous COVID-19 support provided to Caribbean countries. USAID has provided nearly $63 million in COVID-19 assistance to the Caribbean to address the health, humanitarian, and economic impacts of COVID-19. This includes more than $7 million specifically for the Eastern and Southern Caribbean region since the start of the pandemic.

USAID’s COVID-19 assistance to Caribbean countries has enabled the purchase of more than 7,000 test kits and more than 3,000 protective gear for health workers. Thanks to the assistance of the United States Government, these countries have also received ambulances and vehicles for transporting patients. In addition, communication campaigns to promote health and safety reached more than 1.2 million people. Finally, the funds have facilitated the provision of psychosocial support to more than 95,000 parents and caregivers, as well as the installation of more than 300 handwashing stations in the Caribbean.

Diseases know no borders. The United States Government is committed to joining our neighbors, partners, and friends in the Caribbean to end the COVID-19 pandemic, save lives, and stop the threat of dangerous new variants.

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