Tag: covid-19


A Friend In Need Is A Friend Indeed

According to published reports, the Jamaican Government has reached out to the United States Government and other friendly jurisdictions around the world in a bid to increase the number of COVID-19 vaccines available for Jamaicans. However, to date, the country is yet to win the favor of any of the developed countries. “We have reached out to the United States […]


Jamaica’s COVID-19 Death Toll Now 672

Three more persons have died from COVID-19, pushing Jamaica’s death toll to 672. The Ministry of Health & Wellness said the deaths include two men – one 48 and the other 54 years old, and a 68-year-old female, all from the Corporate Area. One of the three deceased was among the 381 positive cases recorded on Saturday. The country’s overall case count […]


Jamaica: 204 New COVID-19 Cases As 15 More People Die

The Ministry of Health on Thursday reported 15 more deaths from COVID-19 in Jamaica. The deaths occurred between March 5 and April 5. The number of people who have died from the virus has increased to 646. Four of the deaths were in Kingston and St. Andrew, three in St. Thomas and two in Portland. St. Catherine, St. Ann, St. […]


PAHO Director Appeals For The Maintenance Of COVID-19 Vigilance

In a digital press briefing, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director, Dr. Carissa Etienne, has appealed to member countries to maintain coronavirus (COVID-19) protocols and safeguards, even as vaccinations get under way in several territories. She noted that some countries are yet to get any doses of the vaccines while others are only able to distribute marginally. “Some countries… have […]


COVAX Set To Run Short On Supplies

COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access, abbreviated as COVAX, a global initiative aimed at equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines led by UNICEF, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, the World Health Organization, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, among others, is facing a serious setback in meeting its vaccine distribution target. Initially, it planned to make COVID-19 vaccines available to 84 countries but subsequently expanded […]


Japan Gets ‘Eek’ COVID-19 Variant

According to press reports, about 70% of coronavirus patients tested at a Tokyo hospital last month carried a mutation known for reducing vaccine protection. The E484K mutation, nicknamed “Eek” by some scientists, was found in 10 of 14 people who tested positive for the virus at Tokyo Medical and Dental University Medical Hospital in March, the report said. For the […]


COVID-19 Deaths and New Cases Continue To Hit Jamaica Hard

Six more COVID-19 related deaths were confirmed in Jamaica on Monday even as the country recorded a further 561 cases. There have now been 27,465 cases of the highly infectious respiratory illness and 460 deaths since the start of the pandemic in Jamaica on March 10 last year. Readers Bureau, Contributor Edited by Jesus Chan Do you want to add […]


Jamaica’s Health Minister Bemoans Chronic COVID-19 Situation

Health and Wellness Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton, in a report noted that the coronavirus virus spread in Jamaica is putting Jamaica in a dire strait. He said the situation in hospitals has become more pronounced given the latest increase in the number of COVID-19 cases. The country recorded 723 new infections, pushing the total to 26,026, with 11,039 of the […]


Jamaica — 723 New COVID-19 Cases

Jamaica recorded a new high with723 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, a 38% increase over the previous day’s record of 527. There were also seven additional confirmed deaths from the disease, taking the total to 453. The Corporate Area had by far the largest number of new infections, with 265. The adjoining parish of St. Catherine saw an increase of […]


Biden Lauds Additional Vaccine Market Offering

President Biden has lauded the introduction of a third vaccine into the U.S. market. He said, “After a rigorous, open, and objective scientific review process, the Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization for a third safe and effective vaccine to help us defeat the COVID-19 pandemic — the Janssen COVID-19 (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine.” The President noted […]