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CARICOM’s Sec-Gen Says Countries Need To Learn to Live With COVID

The Secretary General of CARICOM, Dr. Carla Barnett, in an interview with her office’s communication office has given her views on the Covid-19 pandemic as well as the varying degrees of regulations in the Caribbean. Dr Barnett shares the views of many other leaders that countries will have to start living with Covid.

Dr. Carla Barnett, Secretary General of CARICOM: “There are still a set of very young children who have not been able to be vaccinated at the rate that we would want, that’s the 5 – 11 year olds, so that’s a priority. The idea that all our member states seem to be saying is that we would want to get schools back to normal but as safely as possible and therefore vaccinations is a part of that so, that’s one of the priorities. The other priority of course is ensuring that as we open up our economies even more and more, as we have to, that we are incorporating and ensuring that social behaviour is in keeping with the reality of a pandemic. We really cannot stay locked up because if we stay locked up, people have to produce. They have to eat. They have to do their business everyday, get, and you can’t do that in an extremely constrained social setting. Therefore the notion that we have to free up, that we have to open up, makes sense but we have to do it in keeping with what the scientific information says about how the pandemic is evolving, how the virus itself has evolved and what the main concerns would be, which continue to be, we have to protect our most vulnerable populations.”