“The UK Government has been directly supplying the UK’s Overseas Territories with Covid-19 vaccines as part of the UK’s enduring commitment to the Territories,” Minister of State Nigel Adams said, with 27 deliveries having been made to date “reaching all of the permanently inhabited Overseas Territories with airports.”
During the March 23rd session in the British Parliament, Conservative MP Imran Ahmad Khan asked the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs “how many Covid-19 vaccines have been distributed to each British Overseas Territory to date, and how much funding his Department has allocated to the distribution of Covid-19 vaccines to British Overseas Territories.”
In response, Minister of State Nigel Adams said, “The Covid-19 pandemic has impacted all of the UK’s Overseas Territories, with confirmed outbreaks in all but two of the inhabited Territories. The UK Government has been directly supplying the UK’s Overseas Territories with Covid-19 vaccines as part of the UK’s enduring commitment to the Territories.
“The UK Government’s policy is to publish data on vaccinations administered. By 19 March, each Overseas Territory had administered approximately the following number of doses:
|Approximate number of doses administered by 18 March 2021|
|British Virgin Islands||6,500|
|Tristan da Cunha||0|
|Turks & Caicos Islands||11,283|
“The FCDO are arranging and funding the delivery of vaccines to the Territories, which began on 5 January and are aiming to deliver enough doses to offer vaccines to every adult across the Territories. So far, there have been 27 deliveries, reaching all of the permanently inhabited Overseas Territories with airports.
“Further deliveries are scheduled and planning is underway to deliver vaccines to the two remaining permanently inhabited Overseas Territories without airports: Pitcairn and Tristan da Cunha.
“In line with the UK Government’s commitment to supply the Overseas Territories with a population proportionate share of vaccines, our programme aims to provide vaccines for the entire adult populations of the Territories and is expected to be complete in a similar timescale to the UK domestic rollout.”
Bermuda has four shipments of vaccines from the UK — with the first in January and most recent one on March 16th — with Government House previously noting this “brings the number of vaccinations supplied free of charge by the UK Government to over 55,000.”