Irked by Vaccine Delays, Jamaica Turns to Cuba and China - (Bloomberg via NewsPoints Desk)

  • Jamaica is looking to Cuba, China and India in a bid to procure COVID-19 vaccines, after accusing rich nations of "hoarding" the inoculations, reported Bloomberg.

  • Health minister Christopher Tufton said Jamaica might not get its first batch of vaccines under the WHO co-led COVAX facility until April, making it necessary to look beyond the program.

  • Jamaica will enter bilateral talks with other states to try to speed up the inoculation of its people, Tufton added.

  • Earlier this week, the Caricom bloc of Caribbean nations called for a global summit to discuss drug distribution and said it was concerned about "inequitable access to vaccines."

  • Meanwhile, Venezuela recently said it would run trials of the Cuban vaccine known as Soberana 2.

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