The opposition United National Congress (UNC) says they’re pleased with their ‘tireless efforts’ to acquire COVID-19 vaccines for T&T amid the Prime Minister’s announcement that the country will benefit from 140,000 vaccines donated from India and China.
In a media release today, the party shared their thoughts.
“The United National Congress is pleased at the fruit of our tireless efforts to ensure that Trinidad and Tobago gets vaccinated quickly and in the required numbers, while taking advantage of the offer of free vaccine donations from India, and other sources.
“The Opposition has fulfilled its role of taking up the slack left by this heartless, arrogant and destructive Government,” they wrote.
The UNC claims that while the current administration was ‘insulting’ CARICOM neighbours over the issues, they were working to secure vaccines.
“The Opposition worked hard to keep this issue in the spotlight and on the table, to expedite the opening and commencement of rebuilding Trinidad and Tobago’s economy.
“The United National Congress will continue to work hard for the people of Trinidad and Tobago, even in Opposition, using whatever resources we have — with the support of the people — to steer our country in the right direction,” they said.
Back in February, Opposition Leader, Kamla Persad Bissessar wrote to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to acquire a donation of COVID-19 vaccines. However, it’s unclear whether he ever acknowledged or responded to the letter.
Earlier today, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley said that he received correspondence from the Indian Prime Minister who committed to sending T&T 40,000 Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines. The other 100,000 is a commitment made by China whose Sinopharm vaccine is before the World Health Organization for approval.
Dr Rowley also wrote to PM Modi in February and was part of a meeting with China’s Ambassador to T&T and President Xi Jinping last week. On both occasions, the matters of vaccine donations and purchases were raised.