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US Charge d’ Affaires Says He is Working on Getting Pfizer Vaccines to Belize

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) in the United States is recommending that every one twelve years and older get a COVID-19 vaccination to help protect against COVID-19. Currently, the approved vaccines for children over twelve is the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine. In an interview today with the Charge d’ Affaires at the US Embassy, Keith Gilges, he indicated that he will be working in getting a shipment to Belize.

Keith Gilges, US Charge D’Affaires: “Pfizer is approved for kids 12-18 so we can start getting those vaccines out to the younger people. I believe there are trials for 5 and up, again these clinical trials take time. We’re not gonna say they’re safe until we’ve gone through the trials and the folks on the ground, the scientists, the experts say “Yes it’s safe for kids.” We will have an announcement sometime relatively soon about providing some facilities so that as the Pfizer vaccine comes in there’s a capacity to maintain it at the right temperature, that’s forthcoming I’m not going to announce anything yet but there will be an announcement sometime soon about that. So yes there’s absolutely an effort. It is important that we vaccinated folks in the US and frankly it’s important to Belize’s economy that we vaccinate folks in the US because they’re the ones that can then start travelling and we’re seeing tourism start to pickup. So we’re at about 50% vaccination rate in the US for the first jab, about 40% have been fully vaccinated that’s gonna continue. But now we can also start taking the vaccine and the production that we’ve ramped up and start sharing it with the rest of the world and that’s what the White House announced yesterday. My job is also to try and make sure that I get as much of that to Belize as possible so I am absolutely writing back to Washington and pushing to say it is vital that we get it done in Belize as well as the region.”

According to the CDC website they have been receiving increased reports of myocarditis and pericarditis in adolescents and young adults after taking the COVID-19 vaccination. The site did note, however, that the known and potential benefits of COVID-19 vaccination outweigh the known and potential risks, including the possible risk of myocarditis or pericarditis.