Days after Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh denied there was any link between his relative and VARY Medical & Scientific Company Ltd, the company has followed suit and issued a statement also distancing itself from such allegations.
In a release on Tuesday, VARY Medical & Scientific Company Ltd referred to allegations circulating on social media which they claimed were erroneous and sought to impute “alleged affiliations with the Honourable Minister of Health and/or his family and improper arrangements regarding the supply of vaccines to the Government of Trinidad and Tobago.”
Describing itself as a reputable and established provider of medical goods and services in Trinidad and Tobago since 2012, in the release VARY said it “denies and condemns any and all suggestions of improper conduct in the carrying out of its business, any such suggestions are scandalous, misinformed and without merit.”
The release from VARY claimed they had, “been authorised by reputable suppliers and distributors of pharmaceutical products to determine whether there is potential interest for the supply of Covishield COVID-19 vaccines as manufactured by the Serum Institute of India.”
“Based on this authorisation, VARY confirms that it did write to the Minister of Health, the Secretary of Health, Wellness and Family Development at the Tobago House of Assembly, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health and the Chief Medical Officer with respect to the possible supply of COVID-19 vaccines.”
It went on to state that, “In the event of orders or expressions of interest being placed by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, such orders or expressions of interest would be processed through the relevant authorized channels to be filled and supplied, subject in each case, to due clearance from the Ministry of External Affairs and government of India.”
The release continued, “VARY confirms the Minister’s statement that there is NO affiliation whatsoever between the Honourable Minister of Health or anyone in his family and VARY.”
VARY confirmed the Minister’s statement that it did not share a business address with any organisation linked to the Minister of Health or his family.
The release also said, “VARY confirms the Minister’s statement that there is currently NO contractual arrangement between the Ministry of Health and VARY for the purchase of COVID-19 vaccines.”
The company added it was not an authorised distributor for AstraZeneca Plc or any of its subsidiaries.
On Monday, Deyalsingh denied allegations of a link between his relative and VARY as the company that Government was using to order COVID-19 vaccines from Hong Kong.
He also reportedly moved to take legal action against Suzette Lowe and Marcia Braveboy for making erroneous claims and publishing them on social media.
In a two-page release dated March 22, Deyalsingh said, “There is no affiliation between the Honourable Terrence Deyalsingh, Minister of Health, or anyone in his family and any other COVID-19 vaccine and/or pharmaceutical manufacturer and/or distributor.
In addition, he said, VARY did not share a business address with any organisation linked to himself or his family.