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An official checks the cargo of the COVID-19 vaccines via COVAX at the Piarco International Airport, after its arrival, yesterday.

Sascha Wilson

The second shipment of COVID-19 vaccines via the COVAX facility has arrived in T&T.

In a Facebook post the Ministry of Health confirmed that the second delivery of Oxford AstraZeneca arrived at 11.59 am yesterday at the Piarco International Airport.

The first shipment of 33,600 vaccines from the Covax facility arrived in the country in March.

Last week, Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh announced that the second delivery of the 33,600 vaccines from COVAX was arriving yesterday.

These vaccines will be administered as second doses to members of the public who benefited from the first roll out of vaccines.

The country had also received 2,000 AstraZeneca vaccines from Barbados and then 40,000 vaccines from India.

Deyalsingh also said that the Peoples Republic from China has gifted T&T with 100,000 doses of Synopham Beijing vaccine which were expected to arrive this week.

Responding to a question from a reporter during the Health Ministry’s COVID 19 press conference yesterday about concerns regarding the Synopham vaccine, Deyalsingh said, “Let me be clear the vaccines that we are being in is a WHO approved emergency use authorized vaccine Synopham Beijing. It is not Synopham Wuhan. It is not Sinovac. People are conflating the data sheets from all three and exercising by jumping to conclusions so I just wanted to put that on the record again.”

According to a Ministry of Health COVID update press release yesterday, as of 4 pm a total of 60,245 people were vaccinated with the first dose while 1,100 people were fully vaccinated with the second dose.