stluciatimes, caribbean, caribbeannews, stlucia, saintlucia, stlucianews, saintlucianews, stluciatimesnews, saintluciatimes, stlucianewsonline, saintlucianewsonline, st lucia news online, stlucia news online, loop news, loopnewsbarbados


CARICOM Countries Urged To Remain Vigilant To Curb Further Spread Of COVID-19


At their just-ended summit in the Bahamas, Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders urged member states to remain vigilant against COVID-19 and other infectious diseases.

An end-of-conference Communiqué said the leaders called on the Region to remain vigilant and continue to carry out active surveillance, promoting the use of established prevention and control guidelines.

The Heads of Government also received an update from Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA).

The Communiqué said it emphasised the need for a comprehensive response to COVID-19, Mpox, and other regional health security threats.

The threats included the re-emergence of Zika.

Also included were the ongoing threat of Dengue, other Vector-borne diseases, the low vaccine uptake and the associated challenges of regular, expanded immunisation.

In addition, the leaders noted reports of the low receipt of surveillance data from Member States, which could hamper early detection and response.

The Communiqué said the CARICOM leaders recognised the need to allocate adequate resources for Vector Control Programmes to curtail the spread of Zika in the Region.

They agreed to support CARPHA’s Vaccine Campaign launch to improve COVID-19 vaccination levels and the regular expanded programme of immunisation activities.

And the Heads of Government welcomed the World Bank’s  establishment of the Pandemic Fund.

The Fund will finance critical investments to strengthen national, regional, and global pandemic prevention, preparedness, and response capacities.

The focus would be on low- and middle-income countries.

According to the end-of-conference Communiqué, CARICOM states were strongly encouraged to submit Expressions of Interest to access the Fund in the first round of the process.

Any third-party or user posts, comments, replies, and third-party entries published on the St. Lucia Times website ( in no way convey the thoughts, sentiments or intents of St. Lucia Times, the author of any said article or post, the website, or the business. St. Lucia Times is not responsible or liable for, and does not endorse, any comments or replies posted by users and third parties, and especially the content therein and whether it is accurate. St. Lucia Times reserves the right to remove, screen, edit, or reinstate content posted by third parties on this website or any other online platform owned by St. Lucia Times (this includes the said user posts, comments, replies, and third-party entries) at our sole discretion for any reason or no reason, and without notice to you, or any user. For example, we may remove a comment or reply if we believe it violates any part of the St. Lucia Criminal Code, particularly section 313 which pertains to the offence of Libel. Except as required by law, we have no obligation to retain or provide you with copies of any content you as a user may post, or any other post or reply made by any third-party on this website or any other online platform owned by St. Lucia Times. All third-parties and users agree that this is a public forum, and we do not guarantee any confidentiality with respect to any content you as a user may post, or any other post or reply made by any third-party on this website. Any posts made and information disclosed by you is at your own risk.


  1. Vaccine is the new killing tool. Lots of people have lost a friend, neighbor or family member because they got the Vaccine. The new Flu is called Civid 19, the perfect cash cow.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here


Subscribe to our St. Lucia Times Newsletter

Get our headlines emailed to you every day.

Share via
Send this to a friend