As the world grapples with the challenge of controlling the COVID-19 pandemic, the Caribbean
Community (CARICOM) is deeply concerned at the current prospect of inequitable access to
vaccines to address the pandemic, especially for frontline workers and vulnerable populations.
The reality is that small states will find it difficult to compete in the market place to ensure
equitable access for vaccines.
Given the transmissibility of the virus, all countries are vulnerable and should work together.
The Caribbean Community therefore calls for a global summit in the context of the World
Health Organisation’s (WHO) ACT-A Facilitation Council to discuss equitable access and
distribution of the COVID-19 vaccines.
The inextricable link economically, socially, and by virtue of travel with our neighbours and the
wider international community, makes it imperative for CARICOM Member States to be
afforded access to vaccines as a matter of urgent priority. This action will be mutually beneficial
in breaking the transmission of the virus.
Notwithstanding that appeal, the Community will explore all available options to access
vaccines in order to protect its population from the ravages of the pandemic.