PM should apologize for his part in Moderna saga, Tabor says, while Browne’s new story contradicts his original tale

Opposition Senator Demani Tabor

Senator Damani Tabor is calling on the Prime Minister to apologize to the Nation for his part in what is considered the “illegal acquisition” of the Moderna vaccine early this year.

Two Saturdays ago, PM Gaston Browne admitted that he was inoculated with the drug while it was under embargo in the United States – meaning the Moderna vaccine should not have left that country.

Tabor says this illegality has helped to fuel the public’s distrust of the vaccination campaign.

On the other hand, Browne is denying any wrongdoing. He now claims that an American citizen who was in possession of a vial of the vaccine simply shared it with him and a number of other locals.

Even though the vaccine was under US embargo and therefore not available to Antigua & Barbuda, Browne insists that the US citizen had every right to have the drug in his possession here, in Antigua & Barbuda.

Further, instead of discarding the other nine doses of the drug after the vial was opened, the American shared it, Browne says.

He declares that he accepted the vaccine to protect himself, his family, and others since he was working on a daily basis during the pandemic last year.

Browne says that persons are now trying to spin the narrative to make it appear that he did something wrong.

An Internet search has revealed that the man alleged to have administered the drug – Dr. Wael Yacoub – is of Syrian nationality. In December 2020, he posted a photograph of himself being vaccinated in the United States, along with a message to his patients.

Accordingly, residents are asking why the doctor would have brought a vial of the Moderna vaccine here, in January 2021, to be vaccinated again.

They also want to know why he would have issued to PM Browne an official US vaccination card that bears the logo of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Further, in a video clip released by Browne, himself, a local female doctor is seen administering what he identified as his second shot of Moderna in February this year.   Yet, the “signature” validating the jab is purported to be that of Dr. Yacoub.

Some persons tell REAL News the situation is fishy and they still do not believe the Prime Minister’s claim that he has been vaccinated.  Accordingly, they are calling for an investigation by the Ministry of Health, the Pharmaceutical Council, and even the CDC.



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  1. Who controls the Ministry of health , the Police and Attorney General it’s a one man 🤡 show. This is the price you pay for having the Attorney General a Government Minister .

  2. The problem with many opposition people is they don’t check to ensure their conclusions match the facts. There was a Moderna embargo as far as persons getting an injection outside the US? Nope the embargo was an attempt to try and restrict supplies needed to make the vaccines (includes Pfizer, J&J, Moderna) from being exported from the US. Thing is those companies also have production sites out side the US (eg Europe) Yet we all know Canada got vaccines from Pfizer in December 2020. Israel also started its vaccinations drive with its PM getting Pfizer shot in December (see Netanyahu is 1st Israeli to get COVID vaccine: ‘Start of return to normal life’, 9 December 2020, 9:53 pm) .

    We all know in January 2021 it was difficult to get any large supply of any vaccine to the Caribbean. GB has stated an opportunity presented itself for he and a small group got vaccinated. He publicly disclosed this. In Barbados, Mia Motley and a small group also made use of an early opportunity in Jan, and got vaccinated (see Barbados – Eight persons, including Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley, have received their first round of the COVID-19 vaccine JANUARY 19, 2021). PM had no need to apologize to anyone since he first ensured he was protected before next ensuring the nation also gets protected (same rule when on a airplane and its about to crash)

  3. It would be interesting to find out if our PM will be considered fully vaccination in the the UK based on the new simplified guidelines are that now in effect in the UK. From Antigua, they accept the vaccine certificate but from the USA, they accept the CDC card and requires proof that you are a resident of the USA. I am not sure how he would be categorized, see link of approved proof by country:

  4. This is the clincher:

    Further, in a video clip released by Browne, himself, a local female doctor is seen administering what he identified as his second shot of Moderna in February this year. Yet, the “signature” validating the jab is purported to be that of Dr. Yacoub.


    At this time of day look at what UPP and Their members are talking about ( Gaston taking Moderna Vaccination). This is ridiculous. Gaston knows how to throw UPP off Their game. UPP stop your NONSENSE and show Antiguans how you can do a better job. Everyday UPP promotes Gsston Browne. UPP will never win election with this strategy.

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