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Guyana’s Sputnik V vaccine purchases not from anyone in legal problems- Health Ministry tells Harmon

The Ministry of Health on Wednesday night sought to assure Guyanese that it did not buy the more than GYD$1 billion worth of  Russian-made Sputnik V vaccines from anyone facing legal troubles, adding that it had no apologies for buying the jabs at US$22 per dose. “At no time did Guyana procure vaccines from any illegal entity or anyone in ...

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United States suspends dog imports from Guyana, other countries

The United States has suspended the importation of dogs from Guyana and almost 100 other countries, in an effort to minimise the chances of rabies. The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says these countries are considered high risk for importing dog rabies into the United States. “No CDC Dog Import Permits are issued upon arrival. Dogs that arrive ...

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Guyana’s vaccination rate higher than Caribbean- Health Minister

Health Minister Dr. Frank Anthony on Monday said if Guyana had followed other Caribbean countries in depending on the COVAX facility to acquire vaccines, only about 10 percent of the adult population would have been vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. Responding to opposition questions about approval for GYDS$1.3 billion already spent on purchasing 300,000  Sputnik V and Sinopharm vaccines, he ...

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Region 10 Vice Chairman dies of COVID

The Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Upper Berbice) Vice Chairman, Douglas Gittens on Sunday died of the coronavirus, COVID-19, Regional Executive Officer Dwight John said. “We have had many interactions! Quite devastating,” said John who knew Gittens for several years as a fellow University of Guyana student. He said Gittens passed away at the Wismar COVID facility, having been admitted there last ...

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Corentyne woman nabbed for forging COVID-19 vaccination certificate

A Corentyne woman, who planned to travel to the United States (US)  with a forged coronavirus vaccination certificate, has been arrested and placed on GYD$50,000 station bail, police said. A staff nurse at the Williamsburg Health Centre told Rose Hall police that on June 8 at about 3 PM, the 49-year old woman visited the health centre and reported that ...

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11 Psychiatric Hospital patients rushed for emergency treatment after fire

A number of male patients at the Psychiatric Hospital, Canje on Saturday night lit mattresses, resulting in damage to the wooden building and hospitalisation of at least 11 of them, police said. “Eleven  of the patients who received burns about their bodies were rushed to the New Amsterdam Hospital where they were admitted and are in a stable condition,” police ...

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Single-dose vaccines being imported mainly for hinterland areas

Health Minister Dr. Frank Anthony on Monday announced that Guyana has purchased 150,000 of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine to be administered to persons mainly in the interior regions, as part of the overall plan to build up resistance to the coronavirus by most Guyanese. “I think once we are able to get that, it will be very appropriate ...

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President, Opposition Leader encourage Guyanese to get vaccinated

President Irfaan Ali and Opposition Leader Joseph Harmon- as Guyana celebrates its 55th independence anniversary- have urged people to get vaccinated against the coronavirus that has killed more than 360 persons so far. “We of the APNU+AFC coalition are redoubling our efforts and encouraging others to join our national push for increased vaccinations as we cannot afford to lose another ...

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UNICEF calls on CXC, Caribbean education ministers to adjust CAPE, CSEC exams due to COVID-19

The United Nations children’s agency  (UNICEF)  is urging the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) not to proceed with this year’s Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations in their current form. Following is the full text of a statement issued by the UNICEF representatives including Nicolas Pron, Representative UNICEF Office for Guyana. UNICEF is concerned over the decision ...

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Schools poised to reopen from September- Education Minister

Minister of Education Priya Manickchand on Friday announced that all schools would be reopened for face-to-face classes from September because vaccines are now available to prevent people from getting very sick or dying from the coronavirus, COVID-19. “If persons are responsible and getting vaccinated and utilising the only scientific and medically proven way of bending the curve of the CIOVID-19 ...

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