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Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley says the Government can make the Covid-19 vaccine mandatory if a particular variant of the virus poses a threat to the population.

“This is an international conversation which is very much a local conversation. What the Government has done is to respect that right to choose what you do with your body. That is reasonable, under the circumstances,” he said yesterday.

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When the English philosopher John Donne declared that “no man is an island entire of itself” he could have been delivering a futuristic warning to today’s richer countries to pay brotherly attention to smaller and poorer nations.

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It is my humble opinion that as long as Covid-19 vaccines are available in Trinidad and Tobago the vaccination drive should be continuous and should never be rescheduled.

This was already done for two previous holidays and is now being done again this weekend.

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Frustrated over their failure to get Covid-19 vaccines yesterday, thousands of walk-ins left in disgust, shook their heads in disbelief, burst into expletives and argued with medical and security personnel on duty.

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THE Government expects to spend $107 million on Covid-19 vaccines to allow vaccination of 85 per cent of the population, or about 1.2 million people.

So said Minister of Finance Colm Imbert yesterday, at the Red House, Port of Spain.

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AS the debate on Covid-19 vaccines rages across the world (for the population as to how effective it is and what side effects are possible) and here in Trinidad and Tobago, we are in my view wasting energy on both sides in trying to score points on the sourcing and administering of the vaccine.