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Harmon to check with doctor before taking COVID vaccine

Opposition Leader Joseph Harmon on Wednesday said he would check with his doctor before possibly taking a COVID-19 vaccine. “I will be advised by my doctor and based on that advice, I will make my decision,” he told a virtual news conference. Mr. Harmon is 67 years old. The Health Ministry on Wednesday began administering the jab countrywide to persons ...

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COVAX vaccines arrive in Guyana

Guyana today received 24,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses through the COVAX Facility, a partnership between the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). “The arrival marks a historic step towards ensuring equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines globally, in the largest vaccine procurement and ...

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227 now dead from COVID

Guyana’s coronavirus death toll on Sunday climbed even further with the passing of two more persons. They are a 30-year old woman and a 78-year old man from Region Four – Demerara/ Mahaica. This now means that 227 persons have died since last year March when the virus was first confirmed in Guyana. The Health  Ministry also says that 96 ...

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Local Government Minister unmasked, close to others for Phagwah, despite official warning

Amid repeated warnings by President Irfaan Ali that the stern action would be taken against people who refuse to social distance or wear masks especially during upcoming religious festivities, Local Government Minister Nigel Dharamlall was on Facebook unmasked and face-to-face with staff members. When contacted by WhatsApp, Mr. Dharamlall did not respond. However, a well-placed government official agreed that the ...

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Guyana orders US$4 million worth of Russian COVID-19 vaccines

President Irfaan Ali on Friday announced that Guyana would be buying US$4 million (GYD$800 million) worth of Sputnik V vaccines from Russia to roll out a massive inoculation exercise from next week Wednesday. He said 200,000 doses of the Russian vaccine would be arriving in Guyana next week, and another 24,000 doses through the COVID-19 Global Vaccine Access (COVAX) mechanism. ...

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Guyana hopes to vaccinate 10,000 persons daily; reduces age to 40 years and older

President Irfaan Ali on Wednesday announced that Guyana hopes to vaccinate 10,000 persons daily, reduce the age of eligible persons to 40 years and older, and intensify enforcement of the COVID-19 measures. Dr. Ali said “early in the new week” the vaccination programme would be expanded to all persons 40 years and older. Up to now, those eligible are 60 ...

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Region 7 man dies at home from COVID

A resident of Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) died at his home from the coronavirus which up to Tuesday morning claimed 218 lives. The 82-year old man and a 74-year old woman from Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) are the latest reported deaths within the past 24 hours. The Health Ministry said the man’s body was tested.  “A swab test was done ...

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Guyana to enact human smuggling legislation

Guyana would be putting in place legislation to counter human smuggling, amid continuing concerns  that large numbers of foreigners are being brought here and leave illegally to Brazil and French Guiana. Home Affairs Minister Robeson Benn, however, could not say how soon the new law would be proposed to the National Assembly. “I wouldn’t put a time to it. We’ll ...

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Health Ministry stockpiling fresh drugs, medical supplies after dumping GYD$10 billion in expired drugs

Health Minister Dr. Frank Anthony on Monday said steps were being taken to continue stockpiling drugs and medical supplies, after months of dumping GYD$10 billion worth of expired drugs from public sector bonds. Flanked by top officials, he announced that on Tuesday a new tender would be issued for supplies for the remainder of 2021.  “In this way we will ...

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