Health Minister: Nothing unusual with Pfizer donation from US

Health Minister: Nothing unusual with Pfizer donation from US

Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh has stated that it is not unusual for T&T to receive donations while awaiting further documentation, as happened with AstraZeneca and now, the Pfizer vaccines.

In the Senate this morning, Deyalsingh was asked by Senator Wade Mark why the 80 vials of Pfizer from the United States arrived in T&T without “necessary and proper documentation.”

However, Deyalsingh said “international aid agencies over the years have done this, and what we do is hold these things in bond, pending the arrival of full documentation. More recently, in the case of AstraZeneca vaccines which were not yet documented by the WHO for EUL, we accepted a gift of 2,000 doses, held it in bond, pending documentation.”

He said this case is no different.

The Pfizer doses were donated by the United States and Minister Deyalsingh said the National Security Ministry will make the final determination as to who receives the shots.

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