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Did vaccine inequity lead to the second wave of COVID-19 infections in Trinidad and Tobago?

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Trinidad and Tobago
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BMJ
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Sandeep Bhupendra Maharaj, Samuel S Ramsewak, Darren Dookeram, Darleen Franco

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  • Small Island Developing State should not be reliant on single source supply chains. Subtle inequities can result in underserved health systems.

  • Vaccine inequity mirrors other sociopolitical global inequities.

  • Acquisition of vaccinations requires global diplomacy and multilateral negotiation.

  • Impaired vaccination rollout against COVID-19 can result in accelerated population health consequences.

  • It is possible that countries that are suboptimally vaccinated pose a threat to wealthy countries which are well vaccinated.