UNC MP Dave Tancoo is baffled that the public cannot get an actual date, month or time when Covid19 vaccines would arrive.
Speaking at the UNC’s Sunday morning media briefing, Tancoo said “People are fed up of the (minister of health’s) multiple promises about the quantity of vaccines that were coming and when. It appears the quantity they proposed to vaccinate and delivery date changes daily. On an issue as basic as the number of persons to be vaccinated there appears to be confusion in the Government.”
He said on February 1, Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh said he hoped to vaccinate 20 per cent of the population or 280,000 from March 2021 to March 2022.
“He said then that 33 per cent of the population will be vaccinated in the long term. This would mean that for the year the minister expected to get 560,000 doses of the vaccine assuming two doses as exists now. Yet nowhere has he been able to tell us where he’s getting that quantity from.”
Tancoo then pointed out that the Prime Minister also seemed confused when providing this information.
He said “While he (Rowley) could not even tell citizens which month the vaccines are truly due here, he stated Government was looking at getting to a level of vaccinations —approximately 600,000 to 700,000 —because that would be between 60 per cent and 75 per cent of the population.”
Tancoo said “Using his figures, T&T will have to secure between 1.2 million and 1.4 million doses to vaccinate between 60 and 70 per cent of the population. Where and exactly when are we to get these vaccinations? But the minister’s saying 33 per cent in the long term.”