Opposition MP Dr Roodal Moonilal is calling on Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley to be the first to take the recently approved Sinopharm Beijing vaccine.
In a press release, Moonilal questioned the criticism he received from Health Minister Terrance Deyalsingh after he raised issues with the Sinopharm vaccine, which received emergency approval by the World Health Organisation (WHO) last Friday.
Moonilal said “The very people who launched the speediest attack on me for raising concerns, already in the global press, about the WHO-approved Sinopharm vaccine, should ALL take it first to demonstrate, by action, ultimate confidence in its efficacy.”
Moonilal stated that he was not against vaccination, as he was among the parliamentarians who were vaccinated with the first batch of AstraZeneca vaccines this country received.
He said “…I support an extensive vaccination program and indeed availed myself when that moment came. But we must be cautious as we go forward with the multiplicity of vaccines coming to our shores.”
Moonilal said “There is global disquiet, to say the least, about the lack of transparency over the clinical trial data emanating from China in relation to this vaccine.”
“This does not mean the vaccine is bad. But that is the issue. A real issue.”
Moonilal added that he was merely doing his job as an MP in raising critical, uncomfortable, and disturbing questions.