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Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley.

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley is currently in talks with the United States about sharing their surplus vaccines with the region. A press release issued this afternoon by the prime minister’s office stated that Dr Rowley wrote to US President Joseph Biden on March 19th 2021 asking the US to share its surplus vaccines. President Biden confirmed the United States commitment to partnering with COVAX and other multinational institutions to ensure the equitable distribution of vaccines. The following is a press release from the Office of the Prime Minister:

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley is currently in talks with the United States about sharing their surplus vaccines with the region. A press release issued this afternoon by the prime minister’s office stated that Dr Rowley wrote to the US President Joseph Biden on March 19th 2021 asking the US to share its surplus vaccines.
President Biden confirmed the United States commitment to partnering
with COVAX and other multinational institutions to ensure the equitable distribution of vaccines.
Prime Minister and CARICOM Chairman, Dr the Hon Keith Rowley wrote US President Joseph Biden on 19th March, 2021 asking the US to share its surplus vaccines with the region.

President Biden in his response confirmed the United States’ commitment to partnering with COVAX and other multinational institutions to ensure the equitable distribution of vaccines.

On 25 March, 2021 and again on 7 April, 2021 Dr Rowley met with US Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services. One of the key issues discussed at these meetings was the need for the equitable distribution of vaccines.

On 19 April, 2021 the Prime Minister held talks with Elizabeth Cameron, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Global Health Security and Biodefense at The White House to again highlight the critical need for the region to have an adequate and urgent supply of vaccines.

In all these meetings, the Chairman of CARICOM raised our heightened concerns about the increased danger posed by the almost inevitable possibility of variants of the COVID-19 virus developing or entering within our regional territories.

A commitment was received that once the policy of redistribution is readied CARICOM will not be ignored.