Foreign Affairs Minister, Dr Amery Browne, has assured that discussions have already started over the new vaccine possibilities now being offered by the United States of America.
On Monday, US President Joe Biden pledged to offer 80 million additional doses of approved vaccines to help countries battle COVID-19.
Biden said that “America will never be fully safe while this pandemic is raging globally. That’s why today, I’m announcing that over the next six weeks we will send 80 million vaccine doses overseas.”
Browne, speaking to media following the news, said “T&T certainly welcomes this new initiative and we continue to work with all involved stakeholders with the objective of bringing home the important benefits for our people.”
He said this latest announcement “goes well beyond the previous COVID-19 vaccines commitment that was made by the USA to the global community.
“President Biden made it very clear that his nation intends to be the global leader in actively ensuring improved vaccine access to other countries during this phase of the pandemic, and that is excellent news for the developing world, for Caricom, and for T&T,” he added.
Browne said that T&T’s Embassy team in Washington DC has been fully mobilised in working with a range of advocates at all levels as the White House finalises the details of exactly how and when these vaccines will be distributed.
“Our excellent communication and collaboration with the US Embassy here in Port of Spain also continues, and I have already fully discussed the new vaccine possibilities with Shante Moore who currently heads their Embassy team.”