Trinidad and Tobago: UNC’s MP- Dr Rishad Seecheran, called on the government to ask United States for the supply of COVID-19 vaccines.
MP Seecheran stated that “The Joe Biden administration announced that the US would begin sharing its entire channel of COVID-19 vaccines from Oxford-AstraZeneca, once the vaccine clears Federal safety reviews.”
In a media release, he further told the ruling party not to be shy about asking for vaccines and stated, “The ruling party should not hesitate, as it did when India opened its COVID vaccine supplies to the world in January 2021. We were the last of the CARICOM community to write to the PM of India asking for help with our nation’s Covid- 19 recovery.”
Following the statement, he further focused on the great need for vaccines in Trinidad and Tobago. He pointed out -“Given the arrival of the Brazilian Variant in the T&T population and the inability of Ministry of Health to trace the origin of the variant’s entry.
He further showed his concern over the situation. He stated, “The P1 (Brazilian variant) Variant is highly transmissible and poses a clear and present danger to civilians and the economic recovery of the twin-island.”
The MP further asserted that “The Oxford Astra Zeneca vaccine is widely used globally but not yet authorised by the US Food and Drug Administration.”
MP pointed out that about 60 million more vaccine doses are in various stages of production and is available to ship in May 2021 and June 2021.
MP Seecheran added to this that “The Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID vaccine has been proven to be effective against the original mutant of the Coronavirus, as well as the Brazilian variant and the British variant.”
“Given our undetermined future with COVAX and no confirmation from the African Medical Supplies Platform, we would strongly advise that direct communication should be made to the U.S. administration requesting COVID vaccines to assist T&T in its pandemic recovery,” MP stated.
Concluding his statement, Seecheran declared that “Proactive measures are required for the citizens to be released from this ‘pandemic-induced lockdown’ and to ensure that Trinidad and Tobago is placed on a path of overall Recovery.”
“The capacity of the Government to obtain and to deliver COVID vaccines is the first step in achieving this goal, and every facility should be explored during these unpredictable times,” Dr Rishad asserted.
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