Dr Amery Browne, Minister of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs. (Image courtesy Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago)

Government has confirmed that Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley is directly following up with US President Joe Biden on the provision of vaccines for CARICOM, and specifically, Trinidad and Tobago.

On Monday, President Biden announced that his administration will send an additional 20 million COVID-19 vaccines abroad by the end of June.

This is in addition to Biden’s previous commitment to give 60 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to other countries.

Today in the Senate, Foreign and CARICOM affairs Minister, Dr Amery Browne said the high-level meetings continue on the topic of procuring vaccines from the US.

“The Prime Minister has been following up consistently with high level contacts within the US Administration.  The Ministry of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs has been following up consistently with high level contacts via our mission in Washington DC.  The ambassador there has been fully mobilised and tasked to follow up specially on this new vaccine initiative,” Minister Browne said in the Upper House.

Guardian Media attempted to find out from the Minister, if a specific number of vaccines were requested for CARICOM or Trinidad and Tobago, however, he did not respond.