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AstraZeneca vaccines flown to Trinidad & Tobago on mercy flight

Just two coronavirus cases were logged yesterday, it was revealed last night.

The infections were among 3,665 test results that came back to health officials.

Touchdown: Thousands of vaccine doses donated by the Bermuda Government are unloaded in Trinidad & Tobago, watched by the country’s foreign minister, Senator Amery Browne (Photograph supplied)

The tests – which covered last Thursday to Saturday – equated to a test positivity rate of 0.05 per cent.

The news came as the Government shipped 9,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to Trinidad & Tobago by private jet.

Kim Wilson, the health minister, said the island had more AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine stockpiled than it was likely to use before the June 30 expiry date.

She added that “we are seeking to assist our neighbours to the south by sharing doses that are in excess of our requirements”.

Ms Wilson said: “Bermuda does expect to use all our supply of the Pfizer – BioNTech vaccines.

“We are unable to share this as it has reached the maximum number of times it can be transported as recommended by the manufacturer.”

David Burt, the Premier, added: "We must help where we can.

"I am glad Bermuda can play its part in the regional effort to stabilise the pandemic response.“

Mr Burt said: “I have communicated with Prime Minister Dr Rowley, and he has confirmed that this donation will be put to good use in support of their local vaccination programme.

“We are united in combating the pandemic, and it is a moral obligation to help those in need where we can."

One of the new infections came in from overseas on the Delta flight from Atlanta last Thursday.

The other was an on-island transmission with a known contact.

There have been 18 recoveries since the last update and there are 57 active cases.

A total of 55 of the cases are being monitored by public health officials and two are in hospital, one in intensive care.

The seven day average of the real time reproduction rate is less than 1.

The country’s World Health Organisation status remained at “community transmission”.

A mobile vaccination clinic will be at the Open Door Christian Fellowship in St. David’s from 10am until 2pm today.

Vaccinations will also be available at Sandys Secondary Middle School on Thursday from 4pm to 7pm and on Saturday at the National Sports Centre from 10am until 2pm.

A free minibus service is available to take people to and from the mobile clinics.

To book a ride, call 533-5903 between 10am and 1.30pm.

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Published May 25, 2021 at 7:57 am (Updated May 25, 2021 at 7:57 am)

AstraZeneca vaccines flown to Trinidad & Tobago on mercy flight

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