Barbados Prime Minister Calls For Coordinated Response

PM Mia Amor Mottley listens attentively to PAHO/WHO Rep. to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Dr. Yitades Gebre following a press conference hosted by the WHO. (Photo by C. Pitt/BGIS)

(Barbados Government Information Service Press Release) As Barbados received its first tranche of vaccines today from the COVAX Facility, Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley called for coordinated action on the part of Caribbean countries to bring an end to the pandemic.

Speaking during a virtual press conference hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO), Ms. Mottley said such coordination would include coordinating measures such as collective shutdowns, instituting protocols and policy responses.

She stressed that the ball rested with the “political will of member states” as such action was needed for a fairer and healthier world.

“If we do not get the fundamental development equation correct; if we do not work together; if we do not appreciate that we can only work together if we are to achieve a fair and healthier world, then we run the risk of seeing millions of persons die again in circumstances where policy responses can have a different result to ensure that less people become victim of epidemics and pandemics,” the Prime Minister warned.

Read more at: Barbados Government Information Service

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