Dr Amery Browne, Minister of Foreign and Caricom Affairs. (Image courtesy Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago)

Renuka Singh

T&T is casting a wide net in its search for more vaccines.

Even as the Government is engaged in talks with the United States to get some of the 80 million doses promised by US President Joe Biden, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is currently engaged in talks with several nations trying to secure more vaccines.

Following the confirmation that Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and Foreign Affairs Minister Dr Amery Browne met virtually with US Majority Whip Jim Clyburn on Thursday, Browne said that there have been ongoing discussions with the European Union and Mexico.

“This morning (yesterday) I also met with the Ambassador of Mexico in futherance of another vaccine possibility that I had discussed with her previously,” Browne said in response to update queries.

“I met with Dr Beth Cameron, of the White House on Tuesday, and also establishing a meeting for Tuesday with the Ambassador of Argentina in futherance of another vaccine possibility,” he said.

Browne said once vaccines carried the World Health Organisation (WHO) approval, it would be used in T&T.

“We continue to pursue the matter vigorously,” he said.

According to international reports, Mexico has already used some 27.7million doses throughout its population, which translates to roughly 10.9 per cent of the population.

Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said he hoped that all adults would have at least the first dose by October