Antigua and Barbuda’s Prime Minister, Gaston Browne, currently vacationing in Saint Lucia with his family, has declared that it is in the interest of Caribbean people to get the COVID-19 vaccine and has warned against delays in doing so.
“The right thing to do is to get vaccinated so we can have a quick and robust recovery in the region – to do otherwise is really to court death and undermine the recovery efforts,” Browne told reporters here on the sidelines of the swearing in of Saint Lucia’s new cabinet of Ministers which he attended.
“In so far as encouraging individuals to get vaccinated, as you know it is the most significant threat facing the region at this point – perhaps even more so than COVID itself, because unless we achieve herd immunity then clearly we’ll not be able to restore any form of normalcy,” he explained.
Browne declared that any further delays will result in significant economic problems and will also see additional hospitalisations and possible deaths.
He said this would be extremely unfortunate, especially considering that the region has been extremely successful in accessing vaccines.
The Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister observed that next weekend, the United States will be making a few million vaccines available to the Caribbean, a donation Browne described as sizable and which he believed will be no less than 25 percent of the requirement of each state.
However, Browne told reporters it will be unfortunate if having gone through so much effort to procure vaccines, people refuse them and the doses either have to be dumped or given away.