First tranche of 108,700 doses arrives in T&T via African Union

The WHO-approved 108,700 doses of the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Trinidad and Tobago on Friday. This was the first tranche of vaccines via the facilitation of the African Union. 

Trinidad and Tobago: The WHO-approved 108,700 doses of the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Trinidad and Tobago on Friday. This was the first tranche of vaccines via the facilitation of the African Union. 

Minister of Foreign and Caricom Affairs – Dr Amery Browne were present during the arrival of vaccines. The vaccines arrived around 3:10 on Friday afternoon at the Piarco International Airport and were then handed over to the Trinidad and Tobago government.

It was expected that the doses would arrive at 7 pm on Thursday, but the flight was delayed. The arrival of these vaccines will boost up the COVID-19 vaccination drive in the island nation. 

In the month of June, the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago – Keith Rowley, noted the order his administration made of 800,000 of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine from the African Medical Supplies Platform.

Earlier, African Union donated 20 doses for T&T Olympic athletes in July.

In the second week of this month, T&T also received the first tranche donation of 305,270 doses of Pzifer COVID-19 vaccines from the United States government. Despite T&T, these vaccines were also distributed among Latin America and the Caribbean region’s other nations. 

After the donation, the government has also started vaccination for the students of Primary and secondary schools who fall between the age group of 12 -18 years. 

T&T administration and opposition party are continuously urging the citizens and encouraging them to take their doses of the coronavirus vaccine to fight and declare a win over the contagious Pandemic. 

According to the statistics, till 20 August 2021, there are 5,728 total active cases in the nation; 35,896 individuals recovered and witnessed the demise of 1,215 patients. 

As of 20 August 2021, in Trinidad and Tobago, 472,946 individuals have received their first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine, whereas, in total, 355,822 individuals have welcomed their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and now are fully vaccinated against the deadly COVID-19.