Belize is slated to begin receiving COVID-19 vaccines as early as the end of February, along with Caribbean countries. Through the diligent work of COVAX and the World Health Organization, Belize has officially guaranteed vaccinations for approximately 30% of its population, starting with Front Line Workers that includes all resort and hotel staff.
Vaccination will continue through to the second quarter of the year; the announcement came earlier today from the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO).The Caribbean countries with assistance from the InterAmerican Bank are getting the vaccines through COVAX, a coalition led by the World Health Organization (WHO) and Gavi. The thirty-six of the countries and territories participating in COVAX received letters about the estimated number of doses of AstraZeneca vaccine that they could be receiving from the second half of February through the second quarter of 2021. The AstraZeneca vaccine is still under review by WHO for emergency use approval (EUL), which is expected to occur in the next few days.
According to COVAX, it is estimated that around thirty five point three million doses will be arriving in the Americas in this first stage. Countries in the Americas participating in COVAX that received letters are Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucía, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
PAHO notes that as the delivery of the first doses of vaccine, countries must ensure that they are ready to use the vaccines.