The African Medical Supplies Platform (AMSP) is offering Trinidad and Tobago an increased supply of Covid-19 vaccines.
TT was initially set to get 226,000 doses, but we are now being allocated 426,000 from the AMSP.
These doses are in addition to the 108,000 scheduled to receive via the Covax facility.
Speaking in the Senate yesterday, Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh said the 108,000 doses are due at the end of March. On the topic of the 426,000, he said they are awaiting price estimates and estimated times of arrival.
The AMSP is a single-source platform designed to achieve faster, more transparent and cost-effective access to Covid-19 supplies. The platform also assists in the procurement of “vaccine accessories” such as ultra-low temperature freezers, personal protective equipment (PPE), syringes and needles.
It also has preordered vaccines for 55 African Union member states.
Deyalsingh revealed that approaches have also been made to India, China, Germany, France and Canada.
He said the Ministry of Health was also in bilateral talks with several vaccine manufacturers.