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Jamaica has received its first delivery of vaccines to fight the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

The 50,000 doses of vaccines, donated by the Government of India, arrived on Monday (March 8), at the Norman Manley International Airport

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, accepted the vaccines from India’s High Commissioner to Jamaica, His Excellency Rungsung Masakui.

Also on hand were the Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith.

The Ministry of Health and Wellness also expects some 14,400 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines on or before March 11.

Another 1.8 million doses are to be supplied to Jamaica, starting in April, under the African Medical Supply platform.

The Government also announced, previously, that they have the resources to secure vaccines for some two million Jamaicans.

In the last 24 hours, there were 878 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Jamaica.

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