January 29 According to a U.S. media report on the 28th, the U.S. Department of Defense has decided to provide prisoners in Guantánamo Bay in Cuba with a coronavirus vaccine, which may start next week.
Clayton Trevett, a prosecutor in charge of the September 11th-related cases, informed the inmate’s defense lawyer: “DoD officials have signed a memorandum to authorize the delivery of coronavirus vaccine to detainees at Guantánamo Bay.
Mike Howard, spokesman of the Ministry of Defense, also confirmed on the 27th that the memorandum had been signed by officials in charge of health affairs.
Trevett said that 40 prisoners in the prison can voluntarily vaccinate the first dose of vaccine as early as February 1.
However, the report pointed out that it is not clear how many prisoners are willing to vaccinate, and several of them’ lawyers said that further contact with their respective clients can be determined.
U.S. media said that 6,000 personnel at Guantánamo Naval Base had begun to be vaccinated in early January, including 1,500 people in charge of the prison, but the then Trump administration did not disclose whether prisoners would be vaccinated.
In addition, the number of people infected with the novel coronavirus at the Guantanamo Bay is unknown.
In the early stage of the epidemic, the Ministry of Defense reported that two people at the base had been diagnosed, possibly sailors, but the number of infected people at the base was no longer announced.