3265662
Forklift operators offload an Amerijet International plane after it arrived with Johnson & Johnson vaccines at Piarco International Airport, Old Golden Grove Road, yesterday.

Trinidad and Tobago will receive some 304,200 more doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine from the United States.

They are scheduled to arrive in two shipments—one on Thursday at Piarco International Airport at 8.22 am and the other on Friday at the same time,

It will constitute 609,570 doses of the vaccines to be donated to T&T from the US to date.

The doses are the second tranche out of a total 907,920 to be donated to the people and Government of T&T.

According to a release from the US Embassy, the donation is part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment “to lead in the effort to vaccinate the world, having shipped over 280 million free vaccines to 110 countries to help us get out of this pandemic.”

“With the emergence of the Omicron variant, President Biden announced on December 2 that the United States will accelerate the delivery of vaccines to countries that need them. President Biden has pledged to deliver 200 million doses—more doses within the next 100 days—on the way to delivering more than 1.2 billion doses for the rest of the world,” the release said.

It quoted its Chargé d’Affaires, Shante Moore, as saying, “The United States is proud to donate these free COVID-19 vaccines to the people of Trinidad and Tobago, who are our neighbours, family members, and friends. I urge everyone to get vaccinated. As President Biden said, ‘We are doing our part, and we’ll do more, but this a global pandemic and everyone needs to fight it together.’”

The release said the United States Government only donates vaccines approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. “These are the same vaccines that all American citizens can receive and are the same doses the United States is sharing globally,” it said.

A release from the Ministry of Foreign and Caricom Affairs said Minister Amery Browne thanked the Government of the United States “for this generous donation, which is the result of sustained dialogue, diplomacy, and negotiations involving the Government of the United States of America, the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, other Caricom Member States, the Caricom Secretariat, the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), and Pfizer.”