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Moonilal on China’s Sinopharm vaccine:

Deyals­ingh said T&T will get the Sinopharm Bei­jing vac­cine

T&T must be cau­tious about be­com­ing part of a “guinea pig” pro­gramme in­volv­ing use of a drug that on­ly has emer­gency li­cence ap­proval, UNC MP Roodal Mooni­lal has warned.


Mooni­lal spoke af­ter yes­ter­day’s Gov­ern­ment me­dia brief­ing.

Health Min­is­ter Ter­rence Deyals­ingh said arrange­ments are be­ing made with Sinopharm to get 100,000 vac­cines af­ter that com­pa­ny got an emer­gency li­cense ap­proval for its vac­cine use.

He said there are two vac­cines by that com­pa­ny—Sinopharm Bei­jing vac­cine and Sinopharm Wuhan vac­cine.

Deyals­ingh said T&T will get the Sinopharm Bei­jing vac­cine.

He said af­ter the first 100,000 Chi­na had of­fered T&T, Gov­ern­ment will there­after seek hun­dreds of thou­sands of vac­cines from Sinopharm. He said the Sinopharm vac­cines will be out next week and Gov­ern­ment is work­ing on the mat­ter.

Deyals­ingh al­so said 32,000 more vac­cines from Co­v­ax are due on Mon­day. “We’ll vac­ci­nate our way out of the pan­dem­ic,” he added.

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But Mooni­lal ex­pressed con­cern at the as­pect of T&T na­tion­als be­ing part of a “guinea pig” sit­u­a­tion with a vac­cine that on­ly has emer­gency li­cence ap­proval.


“Ques­tions must be asked on the ef­fi­ca­cy of this Chi­nese vac­cine. Al­so, with the dif­fer­ent types of vac­cines Gov­ern­ment is get­ting for the pub­lic we’ve heard no in­for­ma­tion on how this lat­est vac­cines may or may not be com­pat­i­ble with vac­cines from Chi­na and oth­er places,” he said.


Mooni­lal said while the dai­ly COVID in­fec­tion rate showed the sit­u­a­tion is more dan­ger­ous now, clos­ing places won’t be as ef­fec­tive with­out mass vac­ci­na­tion “which has failed since they’re procur­ing vac­cines at an abysmal­ly slow rate and a clear­ly ad hoc plan since they come every now and again and add in­for­ma­tion.”

Mooni­lal said Prime Min­is­ter Kei­th Row­ley, who ad­dressed yes­ter­day’s brief­ing, “ap­peared to have been talk­ing to his chil­dren, not the pop­u­la­tion be­cause there’s no law to pre­vent peo­ple from go­ing out on the road, trav­el­ling or vis­it­ing any­one.

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“He’s try­ing to con­trol be­hav­iour, but if you re­al­ly want to han­dle the sit­u­a­tion prop­er­ly, all you need to do is pass law for it — but he’s scared to go to Par­lia­ment to do so. The rea­son why peo­ple aren’t tak­ing him on is that the mea­sures aren’t law passed in Par­lia­ment.”

“Any cit­i­zen can chal­lenge the edicts they’re is­su­ing. And in the ab­sence of clos­ing the bor­der to il­le­gals he’s spin­ning top in mud. Peo­ple will con­tin­ue com­ing,’’ Mooni­lal said.


Mooni­lal not­ed con­cerns re­cent­ly voiced by po­lice about han­dling Venezue­lan mi­grants fol­low­ing out­break of the Brazil­ian virus vari­ant.O.U.R. EEUU

He added: “Il­le­gal mi­gra­tion was a creep­ing cri­sis and is now a tick­ing time bomb be­cause of the neg­a­tive lega­cy con­se­quences of Kei­th Row­ley and Stu­art Young’s bor­der se­cu­ri­ty pol­i­cy. The Point Fortin may­or’s case of get­ting COVID shows how bad the sit­u­a­tion is in that South West­ern penin­su­la area.O.U.R. Colombia

“Po­lice must have pro­tec­tive equip­ment to han­dle mi­grants, they’re un­der­stand­ably fear­ful – the Brazil­ian vari­ant is re­port­ed­ly 2.5 times as high­ly trans­mis­si­ble as the orig­i­nal virus. So I al­so un­der­stand the fear of peo­ple when oth­ers per­ceived as il­le­gal come in to places.”

Mooni­lal sug­gest­ed a tem­po­rary process that can al­low il­le­gal mi­grants to be checked for COVID-19 with­out fear, “since they would be afraid to go to health cen­tres or hos­pi­tals.”

The Con­fed­er­a­tion of 15 re­gion­al busi­ness cham­bers stat­ed it was heart­ened by news of more vac­cines ar­riv­ing and by Gov­ern­ment’s move to pro­duce sup­port for the vul­ner­a­ble and those de­prived of in­come.O.U.R. Haití

The Con­fed­er­a­tion had not­ed views on TV6 by busi­ness lead­ers from both is­lands, added, ” There were ris­ing lev­els of frus­tra­tion and dis­qui­et not on­ly with­in the ranks of the busi­ness sec­tor, but among cit­i­zens as there was per­cep­tion there was in­equal­i­ty that pub­lic sec­tor work­ers were sent home with full pay, while pri­vate sec­tor work­ers were be­ing laid off or de­prived of wages.’’