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Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley will today have a virtual meeting with US House Majority Whip Congressman James Clyburn to continue lobbying for vaccines from the US for T&T.

Foreign Affairs Minister Amery Browne confirmed this yesterday concerning T&T’s latest efforts to get vaccines.

T&T has obtained vaccines so far from Barbados, India, China, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Bermuda.

This country is also seeking jabs from the US, European Union, African Medical Council, Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson and awaiting approval regarding Cuba’s vaccines.

T&T is seeking to get some of the 80 million vaccines which the US is distributing.

Rowley has written US President Joe Biden and spoken to other US officials on the issue.

After Rowley’s meeting with Clyburn, Browne will later today meet Dr Beth Cameron, who is Biden’s senior director for global health security.

“She’s a lead policymaker for their global vaccine strategy,” Browne said.

Browne didn’t comment on how many vaccines T&T would seek from the US.

“We’re seeking as many as we can get,” he said.

He added that on Tuesday, he met Winnie Byanyima, executive director of UNAIDS, to discuss “The People’s” vaccine initiative and how it can help shape vaccine initiatives coming out of the EU and North America.

“Such meetings and interjections will continue at all levels aimed not just at pressing for details of the vaccine initiative to be finalised and disseminated as soon as possible but also seeking to proactively shape those details in favour of T&T and Caricom,” he said.

On the EU’s vaccine plan announced last week, Planning Minister Camille Robinson-Regis said Rowley would write the EU on the issue immediately, Browne met with EU officials in T&T and T&T’s ambassador in Brussels were also working on that issue.

Yesterday, Browne added, “Our diplomats in Brussels lead by ambassador Colin Connelly are following up directly with the EU their vaccine announcement subsequent to the PM’s prompt correspondence.”