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Tufton says Jamaica still doing fairly well in COVID management

Published:Monday | March 15, 2021 | 6:43 PM
Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton and Dr Bernadette Theodore Gandi, PAHO/WHO Country Representative at the Norman Manley International Airport on Monday afternoon shortly after the arrival of the first shipment of 14,400 doses of vaccines under the COVAX facility - Ricardo Makyn photo.

Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton says despite the rise in COVID hospitalisations and deaths, Jamaica is still doing "fairly well".

According to Tufton, Jamaica’s death rate is now 1.6 per cent of total infections.

That is below the global average of 2.2 per cent.

Jamaica’s highest daily death tally of 12 was recorded on March 10.

Tufton was speaking at the Norman Manley International Airport on Monday afternoon shortly after the arrival of the first shipment of 14,400 doses of vaccines under the COVAX facility.

Jamaica is expecting a total of 124,800 doses through COVAX.

The remaining allocations are to be delivered by May 2021.

In the latest COVID figures released today, the total case count went up by 806 to 31,305 with 15,325 active.

Hospitalisations reached 366 with 32 patients moderately ill and 35 critical.

On March 8, Jamaica received its first 50,000 doses of vaccines, donated by the Government of India.

The country started administering the vaccine on March 10, exactly one year after the first case of the virus was confirmed in the island.

Jamaica, like many other developing countries, joined the COVAX facility as part of a strategic approach to ensure access to safe vaccines at a reduced cost.

Through the facility, Jamaica has been able to negotiate a dosage price of US$10.55, reduced from the going average price of US$35.00.

This price is negotiated for 16 per cent of the population and represents phase one of Jamaica’s vaccination rollout plan, the Health Minister has said.

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