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US Congressman touts aggressive vaccine diplomacy to counter China’s influence in Caribbean

A United States (US) Congressman is interested in aggressively pushing American-made vaccines in the Caribbean , in a move aimed at countering China’s influence in the region where thousands of Chinese jabs have been delivered directly to countries. Chairman of the US Senate sub-committee on the Western Hemisphere, Congressman Albio Sires made it clear that he preferred to see the ...

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More Afro-Guyanese dying from COVID-19 at Liliendaal Hospital… a sign of vaccine hesitancy- Carpen

Even as Opposition Leader Joseph Harmon continues to insist that the Health Ministry suspend use vaccination with 200,000 doses of Sputnik V vaccine until he gets satisfactory answers, one of Guyana’s top health experts says more than 50 percent of those who died from COVID-19 are Afro-Guyanese. Head of Medical Services and Cardiology at the Georgetown Public Hospital, Dr. Mahendra ...

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Health Ministry calls on Harmon to withdraw claims about Sputnik V vaccine

In the wake of official confirmation from the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) that the Sputnik V vaccines are not fake and that the supplier is authorised, the Ministry of Health on Tuesday called on Opposition Leader Joseph Harmon to withdraw his call for suspension of those jabs. “We call upon Mr. Harmon to publicly withdraw his reckless and irresponsible ...

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Russia’s Sovereign Wealth Fund confirms authenticity of Sputnik V vaccines shipped to Guyana

Russia’s Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), that country’s wealth fund, on Tuesday confirmed that more than 300,000 doses of the Sputnik V vaccine that have been shipped to Guyana are authentic and they were authorised for sale by the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) Aurugulf company. We would like to confirm, hereby, the authenticity of the shipments of “Gam­COVID-Vac” adenovirus vector vaccine ...

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Harmon writes Russian vaccine manufacturer for answers

Guyana’s Opposition Leader, Joseph Harmon  has written to the Russian manufacturer of the Sputnik V vaccine, in an effort to authenticate the supplies and the transaction of more than GYD$1 billion worth of doses. After failing to obtain a formal response to his questions from Health Minister Dr. Frank Anthony, Mr. Harmon said on Monday that he has Gamaleya National ...

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Medical Council endorses Sputnik V vaccine

The Medical Council of Guyana on Saturday endorsed the use of the Russian-made Sputnik V vaccine as one of several that is being used to protect people against becoming seriously sick or dying from COVID-19. The Council, which regulates medical practitioners, said all of the available data about Sputnik shows that it is considered safe by many countries although it ...

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Health Minister refuses to formally provide Harmon specific information about Sputnik V vaccines; reassures jabs are safe, all guidelines followed

Health  Minister Dr. Frank Anthony on Saturday refused to formally provide specific information about the batch of 200,000 doses of  Russian-made Sputnik V vaccine, but instead reiterated that all of the required procedures have been followed before and after the jabs were imported. Dr. Anthony said that after the vaccines arrived here , the Ministry of Health checked all of ...

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Harmon asks Health Minister for details on Sputnik V vaccine deal

Opposition Leader Joseph Harmon on Friday formally asked Health Minister Dr Frank Anthony for details about the purchase of 200,000 doses of the Sputnik V vaccine. Already Dr. Anthony has said he would be willing to provide details to Mr. Harmon depending on what is requested. President Irfaan Ali late Thursday said the batch numbers are written on the vaccination ...

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Health Minister: “There is nothing fake” about batch of Sputnik vaccines in response to Harmon’s call for suspension until verification

Opposition Leader Joseph Harmon on Monday called for a suspension of the use of a batch of 200,000 doses of Sputnik V vaccines until he could verify whether the jabs are not fake, but Health Minister Dr. Frank Anthony has vowed to continue using that brand as is being done in  other countries to ensure Guyanese are protected from the ...

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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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