Saint Kitts and Nevis continues to fight COVID-19 with 75% receiving first dose of vaccine
The two-island Caribbean nation of Saint Kitts and Nevis has spent more than EC $ 18 million ($ 6.7 million) on measures to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, Prime Minister Timothy Harris has revealed at a press conference. He also said the country will spend an additional EC $ 5 million (US $ 1.85 million) on such health initiatives by the end of the year, bringing total government spending related to COVID. over EC $ 23 million (US $ 8.5 million).
This news comes just after last week’s announcement that more than 75 percent of the Federation’s target population has now received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
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During his virtual address to the United Nations General Assembly, Harris emphasized the need to continue investing in a resilient national health system. “We firmly believe that no one is safe until everyone is safe. This requires equitable access to vaccines and other medical products,” he said. “We have taken action by providing social protection programs to people in need. In fact, we have implemented a COVID-19 recovery plan of EC $ 120 million. pandemic-related products.
The Prime Minister also expressed his thanks to the islands’ bilateral partners for their generosity in helping to supply Saint Kitts and Nevis with vaccines. Foreign Minister Mark Brantley, who was present at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, thanked Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in particular, for facilitating the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine.
As a set of isolated and self-governing islands in the Caribbean Sea, Saint Kitts and Nevis has spent decades making strides in building a self-sustaining economy, but a large chunk of the country’s income comes from tourism. . When COVID-19 caused the closure and lockdown of international borders and global tourism came to a halt, important initiatives such as the Poverty Reduction Program (PAP) – which provides low-income households with an allowance monthly – began to be funded by National Citizenship Investment (CBI).
CBI offers credible foreign investors a second citizenship in St. Kitts and Nevis in return for a financial contribution, once they have passed due diligence. The program offers the easiest and most effective route to a second citizenship, according to the CBI Index ranking. Investors are drawn to Saint Kitts and Nevis because it is a modern, secure democracy in a heavenly location. The second citizenship here offers them additional global mobility and the possibility of diversifying their heritage and establishing a personal “plan B”.