PM: Radical issue a red herring
The unfolding saga over Radical Investment Ltd and its involvement with Government in a failed deal to acquire a million doses of AstraZeneca vaccines, is nothing more than a “red herring,” says Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley.
Speaking at a virtually held press conference from New York, Mottley took Opposition Leader Joseph Atherley and president of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP), Verla De Peiza to task, suggesting that the pair was attempting to make a mountain out of a molehill and, in so doing, creating doubt about the vaccination procurement process at a critical point in the COVID-19 fight.
“The Leader of the Opposition and the leader of the Democratic Labour Party, we have, over the course of COVID, ensured that we try to keep these issues above partisan consideration. This will continue to be the approach of my Government but, at the same time, when we have persons doubting the process of vaccinations at a time when we know that we have a pandemic of the unvaccinated, we are doing a disservice to our country and people’s lives,” said Mottley.
The Prime Minister reiterated the Government’s earlier stated position on the issue that there was no contract with the St Lucia-registered company, which is owned by Barbadian construction magnate Mark Maloney. However, she disclosed that had the deal materialised, Government had committed to pay US$24 per dose for 300 000 vaccines. (CLM)
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