The United States Agency for International Development/Eastern and Southern Caribbean donated ten tents to the Ministry of Health to support community COVID-19 vaccination efforts. The tents are part of USAID’s vaccine assistance program through UNICEF. The handover ceremony was attended by UNICEF Country Representative to Guyana and Suriname, Nicolas Pron, Minister of Health Dr. Frank Anthony, and U.S. Ambassador Sarah- Ann Lynch. Ambassador Lynch lauded the efforts and the leadership of the Government of Guyana and the Ministry of Health in taking vaccinations into communities. “I commend the Government of Guyana and the Ministry of Health for their efforts to make vaccines accessible within communities. We believe that these community campaigns will increase demand, enhance access, and reduce missed opportunities for vaccinations,” said Ambassador Lynch.
The United States Government has been a major contributor to the COVAX vaccine distribution system, which has donated 266,220 COVID-19 vaccines to Guyana, and another 143,250 Pfizer vaccines donated directly from the United States.