The Health and Wellness Ministry says it’s closely monitoring international news about COVID 19 vaccines, and whether it’s possible Jamaicans could access jabs earlier than the April 2021 target.

The World Health Organisation, WHO says the poorest countries can expect to start receiving their first COVID-19 vaccine doses between the end of this month and mid-February.

Jamaica’s Chief Medical Officer Dr Jacquiline Bisasor McKenzie, says there’s not yet conclusive information about whether Jamaica could access vaccines sooner.

But she says the WHO expects more vaccines are to be approved soon.

COVAX is the globally-pooled vaccine procurement and distribution effort.

The WHO says COVAX has signed an agreement to secure 2 billion doses of vaccines.

The first of those are to start rolling out within weeks.

According to the WHO, COVAX aims to secure vaccines for 20% of the population in each participating country by the end of the year.

It’s funding covers the 92 lower- and lower-middle income economies involved in the scheme.