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Mottley: Covid-19 must not divide us

Barry Alleyne

Mottley: Covid-19 must not divide us
Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley (GP)

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In her first public appearance since taking a two-week official holiday, Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley yesterday attempted to bring the country together on the controversial choice of getting vaccinated in an all-out effort for Barbados to reach herd immunity.

During a 60-minute nationally televised address, Mottley said she had paid rapt attention to the thoughts, feelings and choices of Barbadians surrounding a decision to be or not to be vaccinated during three recent town hall meetings. Ministry of Health officials tried to settle the nerves of citizens through explanation of the advantages of taking vaccines, but Mottley did not want the issue to split the country down the middle.

“We want to be able to set clear objectives to keep Barbadians safe. The variants have placed pressure on all countries across the world, and we are very conscious of what is happening with the Delta variant.”

Mottley added that stakeholders would be meeting the Social Partnership on the matter for a second time on August 30. (BA)

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