Terrence Deyalsingh, Minister of Health; Senator Dr. Amery Browne, Minister of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs; Shante Moore, Chargé d’Affaires of the US Embassy in Port of Spain; and Dr. Joy St. John, Executive Director or the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA). (Image courtesy Ministry of Health)

Minister of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs, Senator Dr Amery Browne, has confirmed the arrival 305,270 doses of WHO approved Pfizer vaccines from the US Government.

Minister Browne posted in social media that a DHL flight arrived with the shots at Piarco Airport at 7:58am today.

There to witness the arrival of the vaccines were: Terrence Deyalsingh, Minister of Health; Senator Dr Amery Browne, Minister of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs; Shante Moore, Chargé d’Affaires of the US Embassy in Port of Spain; and Dr Joy St. John, Executive Director or the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA).

Terrence Deyalsingh, Minister of Health; Senator Dr. Amery Browne, Minister of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs; Shante Moore, Chargé d’Affaires of the US Embassy in Port of Spain; and Dr. Joy St. John, Executive Director or the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA). (Image courtesy Ministry of Health)

On Wednesday, the United States Government announced the donation of 305,370 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine—out of a total 907,920—to be donated to the people and government of Trinidad and Tobago.

“The nearly 908,000 doses the United States has committed to donating to Trinidad and Tobago will constitute 77 percent of all vaccines donated to Trinidad and Tobago since deliveries started in February,” the US Embassy said in an official statement.

The statement also notes that the Pfizer vaccine is the only vaccine approved for use in children as young as 12 years old.

The DHL flight which brought the Pfizer vaccines to T&T, on Thursday 12 August 2021. (Image courtesy Dr Amery Browne Facebook)

On Wednesday 11 August 2021, some 33,600 AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines, via the COVAX Facility, arrived in Trinidad and Tobago. 

The vaccines were the third tranche of AstraZeneca vaccines provided to the country through the COVAX Facility. The first arrived on March 31, while the second tranche arrived on May 10.

Yesterday’s shipment from COVAX means an additional 16,800 persons would be fully vaccinated from this third tranche.  It also comes after 82,030 AstraZeneca vaccines were donated to this country by Canada, which arrived last Thursday.