The government appears to have a change of heart regarding private doctors providing corona-virus testing services in Antigua & Barbuda.
In June, the government criticised Dr. Joey John who tested about 60 Hodges Bay Resort staff members. Health Minister Molwyn Joseph argued that local rapid testing by private facilities was a breach of procedures put in place to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
But the government announced today that “since the government is unable to carry-out all the testing, the Cabinet considered the possibility of having several identified private practitioners provide testing as well.”
The Ministry of Health would provide the test kits and the doctors would reimburse the government. This approach is to be examined by the CMO.
Meanwhile, the PAHO has been authorized to secure Covid-19 vaccines for Antigua and Barbuda and other Caribbean countries, when the supply becomes available. That may be early next year. The USA has already ordered one billion vaccines for its population.