The Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Amor Mottley, has tested positive for COVID-19, an official statement from the Government Information Service of Barbados has confirmed.
According to the statement, PM Mottley is said to be doing well, despite the diagnosis:
“Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley has tested positive for COVID-19. It is a mild case, and she has indicated that she is doing well.
The doctors have advised that she will remain at home until they determine otherwise.
Deputy Prime Minister Santia Bradshaw will perform the functions of Prime Minister during this period.”
Earlier this month, Prime Minister Mottley was one of several CARICOM leaders who attended the IX Summit of the Americas.
During the Summit, she made a powerful argument as to why countries of the Americas must act quickly and decisively to protect their peoples from spiralling prices, while guaranteeing their access to critical supplies.
In addition to addressing the issue of climate change, PM Mottley also emphasized the importance of dealing with supply chain disruptions, especially as they impact the region’s ability to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and keep infections down.
“Why can’t we have an American supply platform that treats to the most critical supplies, so that we can reduce the price of critical goods, from vaccines to water pipes to all other things that are impacting our ability to deliver proper services to our people?” she asked fellow regional leaders, as she called for the hemispheric grouping to use its cooperative efforts to build joint platforms for procurement, similar to the African Medical Supplies Platform, which procured COVID 19 vaccines for member states at the height of the pandemic.
PM Gonsalves pleads with Vincentians to get vaccinated against COVID-19
KINGSTOWN, St Vincent (CMC) – SV&G Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves is urging nationals to get vaccinated against the coronavirus (COVID-19), stating that getting infected “is likely to not be as severe as if you don’t take the vaccine”.
A fully vaccinated Gonsalves, who disclosed that he had contracted the virus that has killed and infected millions of people worldwide, said he wanted to speak from his own experience, both to be careful and also to take the vaccine
“For those who say, ‘Well Ralph take the vaccine and boosters and still get COVID’, well, the vaccine was never 100 per cent foolproof. Nobody ever said that. What they said is that it decreases the risk of the transmission and also if you get it, you’re not likely to get it as terrible as if you didn’t take the vaccine. The evidence is there in abundance,” the 75-year-old Gonsalves told a radio programme.
He said he was also urging the public, including teachers dismissed over their failure to take the jab, to get vaccinated and that anyone could contract the virus that has killed 110 people there and infected 8,956 others since March 2020.
“I am testimony to that,” said Gonsalves, who has said that he has taken five COVID-19 shots in just over a year.
“Secondly, take the vaccine because when you have the vaccine, if you get COVID, the effect is likely to not be as severe as if you don’t take the vaccine,” he added.
Gonsalves, among the latest Caribbean Community (Caricom) leaders to have contracted the virus, said that “other than a little sniffle” he did not have any of the other complaints normally associated with COVID including problems “with my taste buds and so on and so on”.