Friday, September 30, 2022

Barbados PM: Inequity Led To Some Vaccine Hesitancy

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BGIS:– Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley believes that the inequity and discrimination in countries have led to much of the vaccine hesitancy being seen across nations.

And, Ms. Mottley is of the view that the situation has been further fueled by the lack of trust of many citizens, who for a long time, have been left out of the “democratic deal” and “bounty that comes by being a citizen”.

The Prime Minister expressed these views on Thursday when she delivered remarks at the Virtual Summit on Democracy, hosted by the President of the United States of the America, Joseph Biden.

The Prime Minister told the audience that democracy must always be about people. “It is ironic, therefore, that this pandemic has laid bare much of what must concern us today – the inequity and the discrimination. Indeed, the lack of trust that is further fueled by fake news and the invisible hands that influence what we view in our virtual world.

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“We must learn why we cannot continue to ignore inequity or fail to summon the will to eradicate poverty,” she said.

Ms. Mottley stated that the pandemic and climate crisis had underscored why the democratic ideals must also underpin relations in the international community, and why leaders must seek to have global public goods.

“This lack of vaccine equity continues to put us all at risk. The possibility of climate refugees undermines democracies, not only in the countries from which those refugees will come, but the neighbourhood within which those refugees will travel.  We must equally be concerned about the lack of democratic ideals in the international institutions to which we belong,” she stated.

The Prime Minister noted that freedom of the press, freedom of elections, freedom of movement or freedom of association were not really issues in the English-speaking Caribbean.

“Our issue in this part of the region, I believe, is more encouraging active citizenship to support the architecture of our democracy, recognising that democracy comes in many shapes and forms….

“Our fight also relates to the elimination of corruption in high and low places. We must therefore have these conversations, and it is absolutely vital that we deconstruct and truly appreciate where our concerns are as small island developing states in the Caribbean, where we may strengthen what we are doing within our countries and across the global community of nations,” she said.

Ms. Mottley stated that Barbados was small in size, but had played a significant role in the promotion, preservation and protection of democracy and democratic traditions for several decades.

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6 COMMENTS

  1. Big Pharmas are immune from lawsuits regarding death or injury coming from the vaccines. So why should we trust them Mia? Governments know what to do but no one wants to challenge the powerful money makers and then we (the people) continued to be oppressed by the system. We have our own beliefs and a right to it but governments are letting the people down by allowing the powerful infringe upon our rights. So the problem is not the people. The problem is governments and the big rich companies. So you Mia and other leaders allow money (the rich fortunes) to cloud y’all brains.

  2. Mottley’s comments on “vaccine hesitancy” is a complete lie; and was meant to curry favor with Big Pharma’s goal in regards to putting a needle in everyone’s arm, at least twice yearly, for years to come! The real cause of “vaccine hesitancy” was first about people’s lack of trust in pharmaceutical products from companies who’ve paid billions of dollars in fines for releasing unsafe drugs to the general population & for experimenting on the world without consent, in defiance of the Nuremberg Code. Secondly, as results began filtering in about the effects and inefficacy of these Covid-19 “vaccines,” the original fears of the public have been confirmed, and their hesitancy has now become complete rejection!

    More importantly, though, was the event at which she voices those lies: The Virtual Summit on Democracy, convened by the president of the most undemocratic country, to date.

    Here is some commentary about the US “democracy:”

    http://www.news.cn/english/2021-12/11/c_1310366134.htm

  3. No Ms. Motley. People have common sense. People know about the Tuskegee experiments. People know about the history of these companies experimenting on Africans. People know about these companies and their creating the opioid epidemic. People know politicians sell out to the highest bidder. We know we have been lied to time and again by politicians. This has nothing to do with inequity but everything to do with history, lies and corruption.

  4. Mottley’s comments on “vaccine hesitancy” is a complete lie; and was meant to curry favor with Big Pharma’s goal in regards to putting a needle in everyone’s arm, at least twice yearly, for years to come! The real cause of “vaccine hesitancy” was first about people’s lack of trust in pharmaceutical products from companies who’ve paid billions of dollars in fines for releasing unsafe drugs to the general population. Secondly, as results began filtering in about the effects and inefficacy of these Covid-19 “vaccines,” the original fears of the public have bee confirmed, and their hesitancy has now become complete rejection!

    More importantly, though, was the event at which she voices those lies: The Virtual Summit on Democracy, convened by the president of the most undemocratic country, to date.

    Here is some commentary about the US “democracy:”

    “BEIJING, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) — As one of its latest attempts to tackle the “challenges to democracy,” the United States rolled out another expensive program to promote American-style democracy worldwide.

    The so-called “Summit for Democracy,” which kicked off on Dec. 9, saw the country’s leadership unveil the “Initiative for Democratic Renewal” that mainly promises to provide up to 424.4 million U.S. dollars in 2022 to fund efforts in five areas the United States deems “crucial to the functioning of transparent, accountable governance.”

    But, will some 400 million U.S. dollars be of any help in the “renewal” of U.S. democracy? Not very likely. The conclusion can be quite apparent to anyone who takes a closer look at the details of the initiative.

    At the first glance, the five areas where the funds will go may seem convincing: free media, fighting corruption, democratic reform, advancing technology for democracy, and defending free and fair elections. But intriguingly, all these areas have artfully evaded the existing problems the United States faces at home. Thus, it is fair to say that in terms of “renewing” the United States’s own democracy, the initiative is completely off the point.

    As a matter of fact, when it comes to democracy, the United States is not doing so well itself. For instance, “fighting corruption” and “defending fair elections” are what the United States needs to push forward at home.

    Currently, the American-style democracy is plagued by money politics, turning elections into de-facto “rich men’s game.” For example, the 2020 presidential election and Congressional elections cost some 14 billion U.S. dollars, which is roughly 30 times the 400-million fund the initiative has promised.

    In the United States, political donations are almost seen as “legitimate bribery.” They enable the rich to have more political clout, and in return, those who eventually get elected often serve the interests of their financial backers. They speak for vested interests rather than ordinary people. In this context, how “fair” can such elections be?

    Of course, the United States has much more to worry about than money-driven politics, the COVID-19 pandemic being one. As of this November, the United States has reported over 48 million COVID-19 cases, including more than 770,000 deaths.

    Behind such exasperating consequences is the hefty medical insurance that about 25 million underprivileged people in the United States can’t afford, as well as the discrepancies in medical attention received by the rich and the poor, and whites and minorities.

    This has resulted in minority groups and poorer communities being disproportionately affected by the pandemic. Some medical institutions even practice “selective treatment” when it comes to treating minority or poor patients.

    Internationally, the United States has been pursuing “vaccine nationalism” by hoarding excessively more doses of vaccines than it needs.

    It has not only shirked its responsibilities by quitting the World Health Organization at the height of the world’s fight against the pandemic but has also been busy undermining this fight by scapegoating and politicizing COVID-19 origins tracing.

    Aren’t these factors more important to the United States than pouring money into the five projects it cobbled up in the initiative by completely ignoring the pertinent needs of the American people?

    The topmost criterion for democratic governance is that ordinary people should enjoy the dividends of peace and development, and live peaceful and happy lives. If the United States is sincere in its pledge to “renew democracy,” then it first ought to focus on its own people’s needs, address its domestic problems, and interact with the rest of the world with less arrogance and hostility.”

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