Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has dismissed claims by Oropouche West MP Dave Tancoo that the Government was using the covid19 pandemic to achieve political gains for itself and was causing the population and the economy to suffer because of its failure to acquire covid19 vaccines.
Rowley’s comments Sunday came mere hours after Tancoo co-hosted a media conference at the Opposition Leader’s Office in Port of Spain.
Tancoo said Government’s failure to expeditiously procure vaccines is driving foreign direct investment away from TT “to other Caricom countries and the rest of the world.”
He said “To date, we cannot tell when the vaccines will arrive in TT. He (Rowley) said several other Caricom countries have already received covid19 vaccines and are starting to distribute them to their citizens to help reopen their economies.
However the PM said “Yet another piece of orchestrated rubbish which is spewed by certain elements which are constantly attempting to pollute the psyche of the people of TT.
“It is just their attempt to play politics as people suffer the effects of vaccine apartheid. Something we never thought would be happening in 2021 but the truth is it is happening in the height of a pandemic” he said.
Rowley said “Vaccine manufacturers are so totally in control of their produce that their local agents have been excluded from obtaining supplies of vaccines for sale and distribution in our countries.”