The Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda has set a standard of excellence that should be emulated by all the leaders in the Caribbean

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PM Browne

Dear Editor,

Prime Minister (PM) of Antigua and Barbuda, the honourable Gaston Browne, has set a standard of excellence that should be emulated by all the leaders in the Caribbean and further afield. News had circulated that an Antiguan variant of Covid-19 was discovered by Public Health England (PHE). Browne quickly challenged those claims by stating that officials of the Antiguan Ministry of Health had contacted representatives of the PHE – an executive body of the Department of Health and Social Care in the United Kingdom – who admitted  that they erred in referring to the twin-island nation as responsible for infecting citizens of the U.K. with the variant.

P.M Browne wrote to many U.K. and Caribbean media outlets that were disseminating the story which had originated from the PHE website.

The P.M. said that the story evolved from a family of five who had vacationed in Antigua but he wrote in his letters that 32 days had elapsed since they had shown negative results for infection by the pandemic. This was much longer than the incubation period of 14 days. He also stated that daily tests were conducted on material from Antigua by reliable external agencies and they found no variant arising from Antigua. He assured the media that Antigua and Barbuda employs strict Covid-19 measures and is one of the safest places in the world with low rates of infection and a high rate of recovery.

The coup de grace by the P.M. was to pen a letter to Prime Minister of the U.K. Boris Johnson. He congratulated Johnson on his government ‘s success in swiftly and successfully administering vaccines. He spoke of his government’s similar success which was boosted by a considerable gift of vaccines from India. He highlighted the tardiness in receiving vaccines from the COVAX provision although his government had already paid for them. He highlighted his government‘s futile efforts to buy vaccines from major suppliers whose supplies were insufficient because of over- purchasing by rich countries. Nevertheless, he was able to boast of his country’s low number of infections and high rate of recoveries.

In his letter, Browne made it clear that tourism is his country’s major industry and it was severely impacted by the PHE’s posting of “an Antiguan variant” of the coronavirus being discovered in the U.K. He stated that this forced his government to borrow, which would plunge his country’s economy into greater peril. He reminded Johnson that it was one of the U.K’s  major agencies which had inflicted the blow to the twin island’s economy, therefore he was requesting a donation of 100,000 doses of the Astra- Zeneca vaccines for his country’s citizenry.

Many countries may not experience a similar situation and be able to use it as an opportunity to make something good out of it. Good work P.M Browne! Let’s hope that your request is heeded and that the vaccines will make your people strong and revive your economy.

Faithfully,

Conrad Barrow

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36 COMMENTS

  1. And all the whille Harold still trying to figure out how to put together a shadow cabinet and how he plan to manage driftwood, Richard Lewis, Lammim, Chaia, Missa Knight, Serpent and the movement, and the constant deteriotion to the base caused by the latter…. Leadership Matters!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Lots of people waiting to see the UPP SHADOW CABINET unveiled. We already got the Teenage Pageant pictures with all of them dressed as virgins. Now it´s time to see WHO WILL MANAGE EACH MINISTRY if Lovell pulls off a miracle and gets to be PM.

    • Staples March 26, 2021 At 3:52 pm
      UPP should hire a PRO and keep CORTRIGHT MARSHALL off the radio. CORTRIGHT is lucky that Darren Matthew Ward supports UPP because Marshall lies alot. Marshall said that there is no clinic Bolans. Someone text and said there was a clinic and Darren let him get away with it. UPP needs someone to sell Their programme. They are doing an AWFUL JOB. SHAME

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  2. Great here comes the KISSERS . Bend a little lower Mr Prime Minister I can’t reach your 💋ass .

  3. Conrad “know nothing” Barrow

    How pathetic can our Jamaican PM be? The PM is now resorting to the use of foreign online trolls for propaganda. Why would anyone want to emulate our Jamaican PM? The economy has collapsed, he has failed to diversify the economy, we’re up to our neck in debt, we have a bloated civil service we can’t afford, and because of his mismanagement, poor people couldn’t get any covid 19 relief/stimulus. His only idea is to sell more passports to terrorists and international criminals.

  4. Why haven’t pensioners been paid? Pensioners paid into the system along with their Employer as the law demanded. This money was not Gov’t money but entrusted to Social Security as the fiduciary. Social Security has been mismanaged by this and previous Administrations. There needs to be a full and independent inquiry into Social Security.

    • I endorse this. It is very unfortunate that i work all my life and put money into a system and in my old age am struggling to get what i put in.

    • Kudos for what? Seeing an opprotunity to try beg a guinipig formula that they claim say they trying to gain herd immunity from something that don’t make u immune to the virus? Please send him to beg some money to help the people that this curfew and closure of bars and other business places having to lay off and close those ppl need assistance. These are the real issues that ppl like u ignore because it dont affect you directly. It jus may get to you in the form of a desperate farther looking for food to feed his kids kicking down ur door demanding ur money. U jus as volunarable as they are.

  5. The Honourable Prime Minister is a Natural Leader. The spirits of the ancestors rest upon him. He is chosen for such as hour as this. We are blessed to have such a Leader at the helm in this terrible time of trouble in the earth He is not a perfect man, BUT he is man of principle, guided by Christian values, truly a man of the common people, in the tradition of V.C. Bird.

  6. I hope Antiguans would realize the TRUE LEADERSHIP of Hon.Gaston Browne. Our Prime Minister is a VISIONARY

    • A King will get no honor in his own country. You think people honor Sir Viv the same way as when he goes overseas like to India or Pakistan. Hell No.

  7. This is why..We NON NATIONALS support Hon.Gaston Browne and ABLP . A true Leader. UPP DISLIKE NON NATIONALS. UPP D4AD.

  8. HAROLD LOVELL is not a LEADER. Lost 8 elections and 2023 will be 9 times Harold lost election . He should NOT be leading any POLITICAL PARTY. Harold bank is called ( WHERE THERE IS A WILL …THERE IS A WAY ). VERY SAD.

  9. An outside JOURNALIST has to give Our PRIME MINISTER His KUDOS….Antigua Journalists too POLITICAL.

  10. HAROLD LOVELL BANK is called ( Where there is a will…..There is a way ). This is the Person leading the UPP. Very Sad.

    ABLP 17 SEATS. UPP 00 SEAT. DNA 00 SEAT. BARBUDA 00 SEAT.

    • HAROLD belongs to another time. He finish. Let him rest and enjoy life. Gaston will take good care of the nation. He is the common people’s Leader.

  11. UPP should hire a PRO and keep CORTRIGHT MARSHALL off the radio. CORTRIGHT is lucky that Darren Matthew Ward supports UPP because Marshall lies alot. Marshall said that there is no clinic Bolans. Someone text and said there was a clinic and Darren let him get away with it. UPP needs someone to sell Their programme. They are doing an AWFUL JOB. SHAME

  12. Antigua is done for. With the likes of dictator and traitor Gaston who encourages his minsters to practice creative enrichment schemes.

    Where are the murderers of Nigel Christian and Andrea Hughes?
    Where are the murderers of Nigel Christian and Andrea Hughes?
    Where are the murderers of Nigel Christian and Andrea Hughes?
    Where are the murderers of Nigel Christian and Andrea Hughes?

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