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Vincentians who have taken the Sputnik V are not allowed entry to the United States and Canada.
Vincentians who have taken the Sputnik V are not allowed entry to the United States and Canada.

The Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines has ordered 50,000 doses of the Russia-developed Sputnik-V COVID-19 vaccine, as Vincentians continue to refuse to take the Oxford-AstraZeneca jab. 

Thousands of doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine are at risk of expiring at the end of this month, and Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves said last week that he will give them to other Caribbean countries that want them.

He said that the Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr. Simone Keizer-Beache had told him that people are requesting the Russian jab, which he, the CMO and other senior officials took.

“… I am going further and asking you, pleading with you to take the vaccine. It is important to your health. We have only had 13% of the population who are vaccinated,” Gonsalves said on radio last week as the country recorded it 11th COVID-19 death.

“I know that some persons have some queries about the AstraZeneca vaccine but all the scientific reports would tell you with crystal clarity that any risk involved with AstraZeneca are minimal and the benefits are huge for any of these vaccines,” the prime minister said.

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“They reduce, markedly, transmission, they reduce the possibility, very significantly, of you getting seriously ill and, certainly, reduce the prospect, immensely of you dying with COVID, so I am urging.”

He said that the CMO has told him that there are a lot of people who say that they would take the Sputnik-V.

“Some of them say they want to take the Sputnik, which she took, which Roger (Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Roger Duncan) took, which Comrade Ralph took.

“Well, if that is true, remember I had written the Russian authorities in relation to the Sputnik and we have received an offer to purchase, well they have sent a draft contract for us to purchase 50,000 treatments. That is to say both components, the first and second jab,” the prime minister said.

Gonsalves said there is, however, an element of the contract that the CMO has to clarify with the Russian authorities.

“… not about the vaccine itself, about the contractual terms and while she had done that, the AGs’ chambers will be looking at the document,” the prime minister said, adding that he would contact the Russian ambassador in relation to the deal.

“But the AstraZeneca which we have, we have to bear in mind that they expire toward the end of May, between the 27th and 30th of May. So we have made the decision that at a particular point in time, we will give other Caribbean countries doses of AstraZeneca if they want them.

“And at least one country, I have been advised, has indicated that it may wish to get some of them. But I just wanted to say we are at the stage now, we are on the verge of getting the 50,000 treatments for the Sputnik doses one and does 2,” he said.

One reply on “Gov’t orders 50,000 Sputnik doses as Vincies refuse AZ jabs”

  1. Duke DeArment says:

    Before making a comment I have to write that it is my opinion or else Kenton may get into trouble posting: What I will write is according to official facts:
    What the PM says is typical of politicians. Let me say with “crystal clarity” that safety in this case IS A MATTER OF PERSPECTIVE. If we look at statistics there is not any real evidence that anyone on planet Earth under 19 years of age have ever died from Covid-19. Very few (non-obese) under the age of 60 have ever died of Covid-19. The sickness has a 99.8% survival rate according to the CDC, and probably a 99.999% survival rate from those under 60 years old. The CDC has admitted that THOUSANDS have died from the Pfizer Vaccine. It is also true that around 99% of those that take even these billionaire-sponsored vaccines live. The catch is: These vaccines have not been long-term tested. That makes them experimental. The difference is that those that have “coincidentally” died after getting vaccinated are of ANY AGE, INCLUDING MANY UNDER 60 YEARS OLD.
    Personally, I am apprehensive taking a vaccine sponsored by a billionaire that has stated on many occasions for about 10 years that he wants to reduce the Global Population through vaccination. For some reason, that makes me concerned!
    Enter Sputnik-V
    The world has not been saying much about the Russian Sputnik-V This vaccine uses the same method to introduce the vaccine into the cells that Russia pioneered when RUSSIA INVENTED THE EBOLA VACCINE in the 1980s.

    Astra tried to copy this technology but apparently failed. Astra is banned in over 30 countries in the world to include the USA. Blood clotting has been occuring in ALL “Western” vaccines. Russia has offered to show these vaccine makers how to correct this but arrogance has caused this not to happen.

    I will probably take the Sputnik-V vaccine, because with “crystal clarity” it HAS BEEN PROVEN SAFE. Normally I would not want to take any Covid Vaccine, I am not scared of Covid-19 at all! I am more scared of Dengue, Malaria or any other REAL threat, but I seek to travel in the future, and the “establishment” seeks to hold our Freedom hostage, not based on health, or immunity or anything else. In Russia they first test you for antibodies. If you already have been exposed, they tell you that YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE VACCINATED! They do not accept this logic in the “West”. Health has NOTHING to do with it! It is all tied to power and money, (opposite sides of the same coin).
    Here in the “West” we do not go by truth or science; not in the USA nor in SVG, we go by agenda.

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