Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley 

Migrants, including Venezuelans living in Trinidad and Tobago, will receive Covid-19 vaccines says Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley.

The Prime Minister, who is also CARICOM chairman was responding to a question at a Covid-19 media briefing with Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Thursday.

Rowley was asked what plan Trinidad and Tobago has for addressing the sizeable and informal migrant community particularly among Venezuelans when it comes to vaccines.

"In Trinidad and Tobago we have a fairly significant number of migrants within our border and we acknowledge the nature of the problem and we will only be successful in protecting our local population if everybody within our border gets the same kind of treatment, because to have a migrant population that is not covered by our concerns and our response is to maintain a population within which the the virus would be a permanent feature," said Rowley.

The Prime Minister said Trinidad and Tobago's effort of contact tracing will identify persons, whether they’re migrants or not and ensure they are treated so they do not suffer and pose any threat.

"We do have to look at everybody…fortunately, we have had relatively low levels of spread and we have not had an overbearing number within that particular population so we are not separating and discriminating against persons because that would make nonsense of our effort," said Rowley.

Ghebreyesus commended Rowley for his leadership in the Covid-19 pandemic.

He said the "invisible enemy" of the virus cannot be defeated without solidarity.

"I would also like to recognise that Trinidad and Tobago, your country has done very well in this pandemic and this is because of your leadership, even without vaccines using simple public health solutions we can see from your own experience that this virus can be controlled," said Ghebreyesus.


Faced with persistent insin­uations from Opposition Mem­bers in Parliament yesterday that he got a Pfizer jab from the 80 vials sent from the US, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley went on the offensive and suggested that Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar had contracted Covid-19 at some stage. 

THE State’s flagship energy company, the National Gas Company (NGC), registered an after-tax loss of $2.1 billion for its 2020 financial year, which ended on December 31, 2020. 

The public is again being advised to be careful about using herbal remedies to treat Covid-19, as it can cause more harm than good in certain instances. 

The Gambling (Gaming and Betting) Control Bill, 2021 was passed in the House of Representatives yesterday.

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