CMO says UK variant not detected in Antigua & Barbuda

Dr Rhonda Sealey-Thomas

Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr, Rhonda Sealey-Thomas, said the UK variant of the COVID-19 disease had not been detected in Antigua & Barbuda.


“From since October of 2020, the Caribbean Public Health Agency in a collaboration with the University of the West Indies, they have been looking at our samples to see whether or not we had at that time the UK variant. So far, we have not had that variant discovered in Antigua & Barbuda”, Dr Sealey-Thomas said.


The CMO said in addition to the variant discovered in the UK, which is believed to be more transmissible, scientists also discovered variants of the virus in South African and Brazil.


“Going forward, what we are going to be doing, we will be picking or selecting, very carefully, samples from the specimens that we have in Antigua & Barbuda and sending those to CARPHA for further investigations to see whether we have either of the three variants in Antigua & Barbuda” she explained.

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  1. In order to detect that UK variant. You would have to do the testing. Which is very lacking in Antigua.This lady as the CMO,needs to take the lead in the press conferences. She would speak from the medical side of things. While Dr.Sir Molwyn Joseph speak about the political sides.They see a TV camera and they all go timid.

  2. I may be wrong but isn’t the best samples to be testing for the UK variant are the ones from December and January? Why so far back back as October when we had a small amount of cases?

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