100, 000 doses of Sinopharm vaccine arrives at T&T

The 100, 000 doses of the Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine have reached Trinidad and Tobago. The vaccines landed at the Piarco International Airport at 1:09 am this morning, on Wednesday 19th May 2021.

Trinidad and Tobago: The 100, 000 doses of the Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine have reached Trinidad and Tobago. The vaccines landed at the Piarco International Airport at 1:09 am this morning, on Wednesday 19th May 2021.

The Health Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Terrence Deyalsingh was on hand to receive the vaccines which were donated by the government of the People’s Republic of China.

Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine is approved by theWorld Health Organisation – WHO, which are manufactured by the Beijing Institute of Biological Products Co. Limited. The Prime Minister of T&T, Dr Keith Rowley has appreciated and thanked the government of China for the donation of the COVID-19 vaccines.

PM Rowley also thanked Hainan Airlines, Caribbean Airlines and CAINIAO for their concerted efforts enabling this safe and swift delivery.

A few days back the island had received its second shipment of the 33,600 Oxford- AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines through the COVAX facility and received its first shipment on 30 March. Along with this, Trinidad and Tobago also received a donation of COVID-19 vaccines from the government of India under its Vaccine Maitri Initiative.

For now, currently, there are a total of 17,150 COVID-19 virus active cases in the country while 10,515 people have been recovered from the deadly virus and so far, Trinidad and Tobago reported 317 deaths due to the mutant.

During the media conference held on 15 May 2021, the Prime Minister of T&T announced a state of emergency with a curfew in place from 9 PM to 5 AM. The decision was taken as there were high chances of a spike in COVID-19 cases in the upcoming days.

Despite this, PNM shared information via their Facebook page for how to apply for the Salary Relief Grant amid the COVID-19 pandemic as many individuals have lost their jobs and are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.