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getting involved in criminal activities.
He said trafficking in persons provides
significant funding to the criminal
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
(SVG) generous donation of 16,000
AstraZeneca vaccines to Trinidad and
Tobago in May has now cost the country
According to Prime Minister Dr.
Ralph Gonsalves, COVAX, the multilateral
facility aimed at ensuring all countries
have “fair and equitable
access” to COVID-
19 vaccines, felt that any
excess vaccines in SVGs
possession should not
have been shared, but returned to the
He disclosed that as a result, SVG was
made to pay US$70,000 to COVAX for
the vaccines it donated to T&T.
Gonsalves said he turned down an
offer for Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley
to help foot the bill.”
In April, SVG received its first tranche
of AstraZeneca vaccines via COVAX. The
shots were due to expire in June.
Still recovering from the explosive
eruption of La Soufriere volcano, SVG
sent 16,000 of the vaccines to Trinidad
and Tobago on May 20 as it did not want
them to expire.
At the time, T&T was battling a spike
in COVID-19 infections.
“COVAX said to us that what we gave
to Trinidad and Tobago should not have
been done so. We should have given
them back and they will give whoever
they want,” he said
Gonsalves said SVG has already paid
the US$70,000 to COVAX as it did not
want to jeopardize another shipment of
Pfizer vaccines from the United States,
which is being done via COVAX this
The United States government last
week donated 304,200 doses of Pfizer
vaccines to Trinidad and Tobago.
The US Embassy in Port of Spain said
the donation “represents the second
tranche out of a total 907, 920 donated
to the people and Government
of Trinidad and
“The donation brings
the total number of Pfizer
vaccines that the United States has
donated to Trinidad and Tobago to 609,
570,” the Embassy said.
It said 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 the pandemic”.
— Compiled by Azad Ali
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