Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has rubbished statements by the UNC’s Dr Rishad Seecheran, that this country has not been proactive in obtaining vaccines through bilateral talks.
Speaking at today’s Ministry of Health media briefing, Dr Rowley noted that there is a tremendous global demand for vaccines and that small island countries such as Trinidad and Tobago were not being prioritised by global manufacturers.
He called on the opposition to join Caricom’s fight to obtain vaccines.
Rowley also revealed today that his government has been offered vaccines at an over-inflated cost and in some instances, offered vaccines that were fake.
He said that some of these people were inflating the price of doses well over 1,000 per cent and gave the assurance that only vaccines approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO) would be administered to the public.
Minister of Health, Terrence Deyalsingh, said these people are being reported to local agents of manufacturers who would then treat with the matter themselves.