Prime Minister, Philip J. Pierre, on Tuesday addressed a historic summit of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Africa, declaring that his administration welcomed “this ready platform for communication, cooperation, and coordination between Africa and the Caribbean, to share COVID-19 experiences and develop mechanisms to help reduce our common dependence on an unequal vaccine distribution system.”
Pierre recalled that that conference Chairman, Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta, had earlier this year described it as a stark, living reminder of the inequalities of the Apartheid system.
“Having to import ten times more pharmaceuticals than we produce in the Caribbean and our regional vaccination levels at only between 15% and 23%, we also support the
recent initiative announced by PAHO Executive Director, Dr. Clarissa Etienne of Dominica, to
create a platform to increase regional vaccine manufacturing and production,” the Saint Lucia Prime Minister told the event.
He also spoke about the shared vulnerability to the ravages of climate change.
In addition, Pierre gave the assurance that under his watch, Saint Lucians will have good reason to remember the struggles of their forefathers, while preserving and
protecting the heritage they left.
The virtual inaugural CARICOM-Africa summit was held under the theme ‘Unity Across Continents and Oceans: Opportunities for Deepening Integration’.