Dominican Republic Begins Vaccine Cooperation Programme in Caribbean

Dominican Republic Begins Vaccine Cooperation Programme in Caribbean

The Dominican Republic is beginning a COVID-19 vaccine-sharing programme with a donation of some 505,000 doses to countries in the Greater Caribbean.

The Dominican government says that the immediate start of the international cooperation programme on vaccines is important as these countries in the region have been affected by the “unfair and unequal international distribution of vaccines.”

In this first sharing of the international cooperation programme for COVID-19 vaccines, Dominican Republic will share 100,000 doses with Haiti, 101,000 with Honduras and 304,000 doses with Guatemala.

A media release from the Dominican foreign ministry notes that the Dominican Republic benefitted from kind donations of vaccines from the governments of India and China, which helped start its vaccination programme. Now, the ministry says, it is time to extend the same solidarity that it received, starting with countries in the region. 

Dominican Republic was chair of the ACS Ministerial Council 2020 – 2021.

About the ACS

The Association of Caribbean States is the organization for consultation, cooperation and concerted action in trade, transport, sustainable tourism and natural disasters in the Greater Caribbean. Its Member States are Antigua & Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Panama, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago and Venezuela. Its Associate Members are Aruba, Curacao, (France on behalf of French Guiana, Saint Barthelemy and Saint Martin ), Guadeloupe, Martinique, Sint Maarten, (The Netherlands on behalf of Bonaire, Saba, and Sint Eustatius ), Turks and Caicos.