The shipment of 800,000 doses of Sinopharm vaccines obtained by the T&T Government, as it was transiting in Milan, Italy, on Monday 12 July 2021. (Image courtesy H.E. Fang Qiu, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Trinidad and Tobago)

China’s Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago, H.E. Fang Qiu, has confirmed that the 800,000 Sinopharm vaccines expected this week, are on schedule to arrive tomorrow, Tuesday 13 July 2021.

The vaccines are manufactured by the Beijing Institute of Biological Products Co. Limited and were procured by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago.

His Excellency posted an update on his Facebook page earlier today:

“I’m excited to update that the tranche of 800,000 doses of #Sinopharm vaccines procured by the T&T government are transiting in Milan, Italy as scheduled and are waiting to be transferred to T&T. Looking forward to the arrival of these vaccines tomorrow morning! Are you ready for your shots?”

Over the weekend, the Chinese Ambassador tracked the delivery of the vaccine shipment, from the moment it was loaded at Beijing airport before leaving China.

On Saturday, he wrote:

“Heartened to update that 800,000 doses of Sinopharm vaccines procured by the T&T government have been ready for delivery, and will be arriving in TT early next week, adding the total of donation and procurement of Chinese vaccines in T&T to 1.1 million doses. Three batches in a row in less than 60 days! China has prioritized and expedited vaccines provision to T&T. My heartfelt thanks to all people and agencies making this possible. I’m sure these timely vaccines will assist with TT’s mass vaccination drive, especially as it’s reopening its borders. Standing together, we can end this pandemic soon.”

On Wednesday 19th May 2021, 100,000 doses of the World Health Organisation (WHO) approved Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine, which were manufactured by the Beijing Institute of Biological Products Co. Limited, landed at the Piarco International Airport in Trinidad. 

Those doses arrived in time for the Government to ramp up its national COVID-19 vaccination drive, which has been executed through Ministry of Health facilities, as well as in partnership with the business community—notably the Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers’ Association (TTMA), and the Supermarkets Association of Trinidad and Tobago (SATT).

As at 4 pm on Sunday July 11th, the Ministry of Health reports that some 140,568 people in the country are fully vaccinated, having received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine—either Sinopharm or AstraZeneca— and some 225,546 people have received their first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.