FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2019 file photo, Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard gives a news conference, on the mass shooting at a shopping complex in El Paso, Texas. Ebrard is to give a final report on Mexican government efforts Friday, Sept. 5, three months after threats by U.S. President Donald Trump to impose tariffs on Mexico unless it cracked down on hundreds of thousands of mainly Central American migrants arriving at the U.S. border. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Foreign Affairs Minister Dr Amery Browne yesterday said discussions with Mexico for a share of COVID-19 vaccines began last month.

“On May 28, I met with the Mexican Ambassador and discussed the challenges our region and our country are facing regarding access to approved COVID-19 vaccines. That meeting was requested subsequent to reports that Mexico, in collaboration with Argentina, had made significant progress with vaccine development and had a vision of making vaccines available to Latin America and the Caribbean,” Browne said in response to questions.

“The friendship and collaboration between Mexico and T&T is extremely strong and getting even stronger. In furtherance of their most recent vaccine-related offer, we have requested a technical meeting for this afternoon (yesterday), but of course, the timing is contingent on the availability of the relevant officers on the Mexican side.”

Browne said that the Ministry of Foreign and Caricom Affairs was currently “working to establish a technical meeting between the key public health officers in Mexico and T&T, subsequent to yesterday’s (Tuesday) announcement by the government of Mexico.”

It was reported yesterday that T&T is one of five countries that will receive a donation of AstraZeneca vaccines from Mexico this week.

Mexico, which has a population of 127.6 million, received 50,288,115 doses of vaccines from six developers.

The donation, according to Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrand, will consist of AstraZeneca doses produced jointly by Mexico and Argentina.