Call for a regional mechanism to finance future pandemics

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Call for a regional mechanism to finance future pandemics:

The Honourable Minister of Health, Wellness and the Environment, Sir Molwyn Joseph has called on regional financial institutions to put in place enabling infrastructure to allow Caribbean countries to tap into emergency funding to respond to pandemics, such as COVID-19.

Sir Molywn made specific reference to the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) which he says must play a pivotal role in providing the financial resources to help countries like Antigua and Barbuda to respond in situations such as a pandemic.[‘

Speaking on day two of the 14th Caribbean Conference on National Health Financing Initiative, Sir Molwyn lamented that the region should not have to go beyond its borders for financial support to address a pandemic.

He called for a fundamental shift in perspective adding that self-determination and preservation are required in solving regional issues.

In recounting Antigua and Barbuda’s COVID-19 experience, Sir Molwyn noted that at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, there was no emergency fund from the international community, and global solidarity was low, yet all decisions to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic had financial implications for the Government.

He noted as well that the ability to seek financial support overseas was compounded by Antigua and Barbuda being considered a “middle to high income country”.

Sir Molwyn revealed that the government of Antigua and Barbuda spent one hundred million US dollars putting infrastructure in place to handle the pandemic; monies it had to find on its own.

He is therefore calling on the establishment for a funding facility at the regional level to facilitate the financing of any future pandemic.

In a presentation following the Minister of Health, the Deputy Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) Dr Valda Henry indicated that the ECCB provided regional member states with financial support during the pandemic through a US 4-million-dollar grant and gave greater access to credit.

Dr Henry made a number of policy recommendations in her presentation on the Macro-Fiscal Challenges in the Caribbean: Is There Space for Increased Investment in Health, including prioritizing health care investment at the primary level.

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  1. “…Sir Molwyn revealed that the government of Antigua and Barbuda spent one hundred million US dollars putting infrastructure in place to handle the pandemic; monies it had to find on its own”.

    And if you and your office did their due diligence in the first place regarding the serious issues and adverse side effects surrounding the Covid-19 vaccines, you could have put that 100 million dollars to much better use for the good of the country.

    That 100 million should have been used to pay overdue wages, overtime and pensions.

    Better equipment for our policemen, doctors and nurses.

    There’s a litany of other things that this ABLP government should have taken into consideration to put the citizens and country before this evil PLANDEMIC, but this government chose to ridicule those who saw through this ongoing scam, ad infinitum.

    Sadly, Antiguans are reaping what you have sewn!

    Molwyn “AstraZeneca” Joseph you may just as well have taken that 100 million dollars and burnt it and thrown in the trash can … what a waste?

    AND THESE ARE THE TYPE OF – HEADLESS -PEOPLE WE WANT TO GIVE ANOTHER 4 YEARS TERM OF OFFICE TO. GIVE ME A BREAK. TARL!!!

    • @Brixtonian – couldn’t agree more. The u.s. spent most of a trillion dollars paying people to stay home, funny thing, they did and now we have runaway inflation. The u.s. spent billions on Trump’s “warped speed” vaccine which that asshat still touts as “safe and effective.
      We’re drowning in fu..ckery.

      • @Scott😄😁😃don’t forget the #misery!
        …and, you can say #fuckery!
        …since, according to the Aliens coming to save we
        …it’s the best word in their vocabulary!
        …because, without screwing and fucking
        …to bring forth Our hybrids and offsprings
        …these earthlings don’t mean a Damn thing
        …to Us, in the Alien Community!
        …if, you think it’s a lie!
        …just ask Captain Kirk or Mr. Scott-Ye!
        …Donald Troomp or his buddy Yee-Zee!
        …even the ALPHABET Soup Party
        …could give a #rat_azz as to who’re #he or #she!
        …just look at the confusion and corruption
        …surrounding Gender Identity!

        • @Ras – loved your comment…LMFAO 🤣
          Well ok on the fuckery, just don’t want to overstep my bounds as I am a guest in this forum.
          Omg, don’t forget the misery, how could anyone… dude, don’t het me started on that shit. Misery and angst.
          So it was Browne that opened up on y’all with pepperballs and teargas for protesting the vax mandate? You folks are truly between a rock and a hard place, but I see something in these postings that I don’t see here in the states, independence, guts and pride.

          • @Scott…I have no idea how long, you’ve being visiting these blog sites pertaining to Antigua, Barbuda and REDONDA, but if you notice very few use their real/legal name and for good reason’s.
            As for having, “independence, guts and pride,” please go easy on the “guts” unless it’s rice-pudding, “pride” we’ve lost a lot of this, “independence” applies mostly to those who have migrated and either by default or design we were forced, to become independent.

            I don’t know the stats/percentage but I’ll surmise, that a large percentage of the bloggers to this site – ANR don’t actually reside in Antigua and Barbuda, year in, year out.

            Yes, those who resides on the islands permanently, in many ways are “between a rock and a hard place.”

      • Yes @ Scott, Antiguans are waking up at last to the way that tax payers money has been misused and miss directed into the wrong areas; I agree with you when you talk about the “guts” and “pride” of Antiguans.

        However Antigua & Barbuda are coming to a crucial crossroads at the next General Election.

        Do we really have the “guts” to change the political direction of our own destiny by showing the door to the ABLP?

        And thus restoring the “pride” of our nation that will give our children and their children’s children hope for a better and glorious Antiguan future, where education and hard work is rewarded, over nepotism, cronyism and whose hand you can grease.

        Without a shadow of a doubt the next General Election will be the most important one of all time!

        I FIRMLY BELIEVE THAT THE TIDE IS TURNING …

        • @Brixtonian -considering you response, I find that there is a time to just shut the hell up and agree.

          God’s Peace and strength be with you!

  2. Bullshit talk!!
    He is really deluded if he thinks Antigua and the Caribbean can take on an invisible enemy – such as a virus, by themselves
    Malwyn must go, he must be senile

  3. Some of the infrastructure that was put inplace “supposedly for the covid” was just pure creative enrichment in a time of crisis

    1 Never let a crisis go to waste
    2 Reward cronies and give them contracts without the tender process, give them promotions, allowances, vehicles, stipend and supermarket vouchers
    3 Build an empty hospital & build and furnish a building next door
    4 Build a 300000usd unit at the airport overnight
    5 Renovation of old holberton casualty at a value of _ _

    That same central bank should do an audit on we.

  4. The UPP left over 20 million dollars in the MBS to be used in the event of a pandemic! ( As Grannie would say, always put up money for a rainy day) but hear what Gaston Browne had to say:” Statutory Bodies should not have a surplus”.
    So Gaston Browne spent off the money.
    No foresight , Gaston, no foresight!
    The UPP GOT IT RIGHT! GASTON FAILED THE PEOPLE!

  5. After the debacle with the storage of bodies awaiting autopsies, the unaccounted for 2.16 million dollars for a cemetery designed by a man dead for over 200 years, the problems with solid waste and garbage collection, failure to pay the pharmaceutical folks for the importation of medications, the infestation of Fiennes with bugs and a long list of abject failures, this old fool dares to come up with some trifle? There are many who think this man needs to resign, or be fired. We are yet to get the data on the many children who died from covid.
    The world data is showing the lies and distortions about the covid jabs, as many healthy,young folks are sick, injured or have died. I, for one, will never forget this government’s mandate.

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    • Time for Molwyn to go and ride off into that sunset. After what happened at the Morgue in Antigua. Your end of the Political Road ends now. Perhaps using too much “Just For Men” screwed with your thinking.

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