The United States reaffirmed its commitment to help Guyana combat the pandemic through a handover ceremony of five, ultra-low temperature freezers to the Ministry of Health, for the purpose of COVID-19 vaccine storage. Funding for the freezers, valued at approximately $72,000 USD ($14 mil. GYD), was provided by the U.S. Department of Defense Humanitarian Assistance Program. Chargé d’affaires Mark Cullinane presented the shipment to Honorable Minister Frank Anthony at a handover ceremony. “These freezers will help ensure that COVID-19 vaccines will be stored according to safety protocols, while also building the capacity of Guyana’s health system.” said the Chargé.
This support is in addition to the 62,400 vaccines that Guyana has received through the COVAX Facility, to which the U.S. is the leading donor at $4 billion USD. The Department of Defense has also donated more than $150,000 USD worth of locally procured, personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies, through its Humanitarian Assistance Program.