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Irked by Vaccine Delays, Jamaica Turns to Cuba and China

  • Search for vaccines comes as rich nations accused of hoarding
  • Caribbean nations concerned about unequal distribution

Jamaica is seeking Covid-19 vaccines from Cuba, China and India, after accusing rich nations of “hoarding” medicine.

Health Minister Christopher Tufton told parliament this week that the Caribbean nation might not get its first batch of vaccines under the 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 said.