The Medical Association of Jamaica, MAJ, says sourcing COVID-19 vaccines outside the COVAX facility, may cost the government more money. 

Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton, says Cabinet is discussing today other options to access COVID-19 vaccines for the Jamaican population.

These discussions come as smaller countries under the World Health Organizations’ COVAX facility await COVID-19 vaccines.

Stevian Simmonds reports.


The COVAX facility has been experiencing challenges to secure all the doses it committed to and all the funding needed.

Dr Tufton told Nationwide News this morning that the government is exploring its options.

Dr. Manning is commending the move.

He says he’s confident the government will source a safe an effective vaccine.

According to the US-based Centers for Disease Control, CDC, only two vaccines are authorized and recommended to prevent COVID-19, there.

Those are the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 and the Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine.

But other countries are making significant advances in vaccine development. 

In India, some one point 3 million people are to be vaccinated against COVID-19, starting Saturday.

In that country two vaccines have received emergency approval.

In Cuba, tests are underway on the most advanced vaccine there.

According to international media, Cuba has agreed to do phase three clinical trial of its vaccine in Iran.

Cuba has been commended for limiting the spread of the virus. 

With a population of over 11-million, Cuba has recorded just over 14-,000 COVID cases and 148 deaths.