The United States has delivered another shipment of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine doses to The Bahamas, making good on the Biden Administration’s promise to share vaccines with the world. On the afternoon of Wednesday, November 3, 2021, a total of 134,550 doses arrived from the United States to Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) in Nassau. Minister of Health, the Honourable Michael Darville, and U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Usha E. Pitts were on the tarmac ready to receive the delivery.
This tranche supplements the 128,700 doses the United States delivered to The Bahama on August 12, and that have helped The Bahamas on the path towards full vaccination and economic recovery.
“We have been working with governmental, civic, and commercial partners on a campaign to overcome vaccine hesitancy in The Bahamas,” said U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Usha E. Pitts. “We are proud to also provide this second tranche of life-saving vaccines to make this campaign possible. By leveraging our strong partnership, we can protect our citizens, rejuvenate our economies, and overcome this pandemic.”
The arrival of this tranche of Pfizer vaccines to The Bahamas is part of the United States’ commitment to fighting COVID-19 across the globe. The United States has now delivered over 260,000 of the 379,000 vaccine doses the Biden Administration pledged to The Bahamas, and has delivered a total of over 200 million doses worldwide. “The United States will be the world’s arsenal of vaccines in our shared fight against this virus,” President Biden said in a June 3 statement. “We will continue to do all we can to build a world that is safer and more secure against the threat of infectious disease.”
In addition to the vaccines themselves, in July the United States—through U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM)—also donated to The Bahamas four ultra-low temperature (ULT) freezers—valued at over $100,000—required to store and distribute the Pfizer vaccine. USNORTHCOM also donated medical supplies—valued at $115,000—needed to administer and handle Pfizer vaccine doses, including syringes, specialized tools and personal protective equipment for manipulating materials at sub-zero temperatures.
Vaccination remains the most powerful weapon against this pandemic, and The Bahamas is now well equipped to continue the fight.