In wake of concerns expressed by the Opposition Leader about the Government’s purchase of the Sputnik COVID-19 vaccine, the Senior Advisor to the Ministry of Health, Dr. Leslie Ramsammy revealed today that a total of 61,000 persons have been fully vaccinated with the Sputnik vaccine.
That simply means that the total number of people receiving both doses stands at 61,000. But there has been no availability of Sputnik 2nd dose vaccines for the past three weeks, which means there are now thousands of people awaiting their 2nd doses.
The Sputnik 1st dose and 2nd dose are not identical.
While the Ministry of Health had initially indicated that it has purchased a total of 400,000 doses of the Sputnik vaccine and has so far received 305,000 doses, it appears as though more first doses might have been purchased than 2nd doses or more first doses were delivered than expected.
The Health Minister on Thursday promised that he would have provided detailed information on the number of vaccines bought and used so far today, but there has been no new information from his office.
The Opposition APNU+AFC continues to call on the government to come clean on the vaccine purchases. The Opposition Leader has called for a suspension of the administration of the Sputnik vaccine until all the information being sought is clarified.
Mr. Harmon made it clear that he is encouraging people to get vaccinated, but he believes the other two vaccines should be used until the information is cleared up about the Sputnik and its purchase through a middle man.
The Government has defended its decision to pay almost double the price for the Sputnik vaccine through the Dubai Sheik.
President Ali has said that there was not much of a choice, since the government needed to get the vaccines.
The Government is unclear when it will be able to get 2nd doses of the Sputnik vaccine although those 2nd doses have already been paid for.