Greene cautions: ‘COVID-19 will not disappear overnight’


Foreign Affairs Minister, E.P. Chet Greene, is cautioning the nation that the COVID-19 pandemic will not disappear overnight, even when effective vaccines become available.

Speaking on on ZDK, Greene urged Antiguans and Barbudans not to let down their guards regarding the spread of the virus .

“As I engage people on daily basis, there is a notion that come January 2021, there will be a clean slate. I may not be Nostradamus nor Ezekiel but that will not happen. COVID is real and it will be around for a while; even with the vaccine. If you take the rate of inoculated country by country, this will not be an overnight phenomenon,” he explained.

He added that getting the vaccine does not mean that everything  will be solved in an instant.

“This is not a Nescafe moment!” he declared.

Greene is urging residents to approach the upcoming Christmas season with caution as it will not be ‘a normal’ holiday season.

As Minister of Trade, Greene also said he intends to have his technicians conduct a detailed study of the use of hand sanitizers. This study will also include the mask output from the National Garment Manufacturing Initiative located at the Simon Bolivar Park.

In urging adherence to the health protocols, Greene warned if residents choose to ignore the protocols and other safety measures during the Christmas season, it could very well lead to an uptick in infections early in the new year.

Greene, who represents the St. Paul constituency, revealed that his annual holiday party has been cancelled in order to reduce the spread of the disease. This large event will be replaced by seven smaller gatherings, which will be spread across the constituency.

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  1. “As I engage people on a daily basis there’s a notion that come January 2021 there will be a clean slate” . Who the hell these people he’s speaking too shuups !

  2. This coming from someone who allowed his sick daughter to come from the UK while she had COVID-19 proving to us, they only care about themselves not the people.

  3. Letting infected people into the country

    How about that?

  4. Heh warrior you’re no warrior you’re just alittle cockroach that people like me step on . Don’t worry about my life God has been grate to me A major business owner , grate education and lovely family .difference of opinion causes you to get insultive . Little mind little man Your God is my God

      • Morning M Thomas…did it work? Did you wake up with a change in attitude and mindset? I really and truly did pray to our GREAT God not GRATE God on your behalf for your deliverance.

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