BREAKING NEWS: COVID-19 Vaccine Samples have arrived in SVG, Dr. Thompson to volunteer today

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St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) has received twenty (20) samples of the Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine through COVAX.

Infectious Disease Specialist, Dr. Jerrol Thsompson announced this new development exclusively on XtremeFM with Tha Fugitive this morning.

“We have some samples of the Sputnik vaccine here. What we need to do is a people trial of some volunteers here in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.”

A vaccination drive will take place today. Twenty (20) volunteers – front line/health care workers, will have the shot administered. Thompson assured that he will be one of them, having been selected from a group of volunteers.

“In all seriousness, I am really and truly honoured that I would have been selected,” Thompson expressed.

“What we want to do… on one hand, check out this particular vaccine to see how it works and how much it is able to produce a level of immunity, and secondly, we want to demonstrate to the general public that it’s safe,” the SVG COVID-19 Task force Spokesperson continued.

The Infectious Disease Specialist explained how the vaccine works. “The vaccine is generating antibodies to the virus and it’s waiting there. Like at a party and you have bouncers by the door, just waiting there and they won’t let you in unless you have a ticket. So when they show up, those guys are gonna deal with the virus and prevent it from taking root.”

The government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) is expecting to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, also through COVAX by March, 2021 for vaccination of the population. Dr. Thompson, informed that it would most likely be the AstraZeneca vaccine. Thompson noted that the AstraZeneca and Sputnik are similar as “they are made off the same model.”

The Sputnik website reports: “Sputnik V, a Russian vaccine, is the world’s first registered vaccine based on a well-studied human adenoviral vector-based platform. It currently ranks among top-10 candidate vaccines approaching the end of clinical trials and the start of mass production on the World Health Organization’s (WHO) list, according to the official website of the vaccine.”