Epidemiologist Dr Avery Hinds said the rollout of a batch of vaccines donated to this country by Barbados, is pending the receipt of a licence from the World Health Organisation (WHO).
India donated a total of 100,000 vaccines to Barbados, and Barbados subsequently donated 70,000 to Dominica 2,000 to TT and 100 to Guyana.
Speaking at the Ministry of Health media briefing on Saturday, Hinds said as soon they get the emergency use licencing from the WHO “then we can look at timing for actual distribution.”
He said the licence is part of the technical and legal process of giving the countries that are distributing vaccines “the backing of the WHO to utilise vaccines under emergency conditions.
Hinds said “It is a process that then gives the distributing countries the assurance that the relevant checks and balances have been in place and documented…You have followed all of the protective and precautionary steps in ensuring what you giver to your country and population is approved.”