The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is calling for a global summit to discuss equitable access and distribution of the COVID-19 vaccines.
A release from CARICOM stated that it is deeply concerned at the current prospect of inequitable access to vaccines to address the pandemic, especially for frontline workers and vulnerable populations”.
“The reality is that small states will find it difficult to compete in the market place to ensure equitable access for vaccines. Given the transmissibility of the virus, all countries are vulnerable and should work together.”
The release also said that the inextricable link economically, socially, and by virtue of travel with our neighbours and the wider international community, makes it imperative for CARICOM Member States to be afforded access to vaccines as a matter of urgent priority.
“This action will be mutually beneficial in breaking the transmission of the virus,” it said.
“Notwithstanding that appeal, the Community will explore all available options to access vaccines in order to protect its population from the ravages of the pandemic.”
Reporter: Rishard Khan