PM Rowley attends teleconference meet with South Africa’s President

The Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago and the Chairman of CARICOM - Dr Keith Rowley, held a teleconference meeting with the President of South Africa - Cyril Ramaphosa, on 17 June 2021 to discuss the acquisition of COVID-19 vaccines for T&T and the other regions.

Trinidad and Tobago: The Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago and the Chairman of CARICOM – Dr Keith Rowley, held a teleconference meeting with the President of South Africa – Cyril Ramaphosa, on 17 June 2021 to discuss the acquisition of COVID-19 vaccines for T&T and the other regions.

President Ramaphosa also committed to working with other African leaders to assure that the COVID-19 vaccines orders placed by Trinidad and Tobago and other Caribbean nations through the AMSP are hastened during his conversation.

South Africa’s President also holds the position of Chairman of African Vaccine Acquisition Trust – AVAT, which would provide the COVID-19 vaccines to be made available by purchasing from the African Medical Supplies Platform (AMSP).

The Trinidad and Tobago island has made an agreement with the African Vaccine Acquisition Trust regarding the purchase of the COVID-19 vaccines and has already made payment to AVAT.

The Aspen Pharma pharmaceutical manufacturing plant is in South Africa, which plays a crucial role in the producing the novel coronavirus vaccines.

As per the coronavirus update report by the Health Ministry of T&T, a total of 171, 198 individuals have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and around 30,115 people have received their second jab of the COVID-19 vaccine and are fully vaccinated against the deadly mutant.

At present, there are around 8,803 active COVID-19 cases on the island, with a death rate of 699.

Recently, Trinidad and Tobago’s government announced a re-scheduled appointment for the COVID-19 vaccines on 19th and 20th June 2021. The health ministry of the island informed that the Regional Health Authorities contact those people with the coronavirus vaccination on the mentioned dates and provide them with new appointment dates.

Since the novel coronavirus pandemic started, the island had reported a total of 29,956 cases of the deadly mutant. The island has also received COVID-19 vaccine donations from various nations such as – China, Grenada, India, Bermuda and others.