The Oxford-AstraZeneca jabs branded as COVISHIELD are produced by Serum Institute of India. (Image courtesy The Times of India)
RISHARD KHAN
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The shipment of 40,000 doses of COVISHIELD (Oxford-AstraZeneca) COVID-19 vaccines from India, which were expected to arrive on Monday, has been delayed.

This is according to the Ministry of Health’s Principal Medical Officer of Institutions, Dr Maryam Abdool-Richards.

“We have not received those vaccines as yet, but the actual importation date has been delayed due to extenuating circumstances or circumstances that are beyond our control,” she said, in response to a question from Guardian Media at Monday’s virtual press conference.

“The Ministry of Health will provide updates once a confirmed date is given,” she added.

In an email on Tuesday April 6th, India High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago, H.E. Arun Kumar Sahu indicated the doses would arrive on Monday April 12th.

“The Government of India’s donation of 40,000 COVISHIELD vaccines to Trinidad and Tobago is scheduled to arrive in Port-of-Spain on Monday 12th April 2021. Necessary logistics have been put in place for its delivery,” Sahu had said.