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Posted: Tuesday, December 28, 2021. 6:18 pm CST.

By Ruben Morales: Solidarity in CARICOM was evident in 2021 despite the challenges faced said Chairman of the regional body, Gaston Browne. We had to use “our collective wit, wisdom and strength to combat the adversity with which we have been confronted,” noted the Chairman in his end of year message.

CARICOM, he said, was shocked by the assassination of a sitting Head of State and Government, the president of Haiti Jovenel Moise, while having to deal with COVID-19, an earthquake in Haiti and a volcanic eruption in St Vincent and the Grenadines which affected Barbados as well, tropical storms, and the disappointment of the global climate summit COP26.

However, Chairman Browne punctuated the solidarity of the Community as Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Grenada, and Saint Lucia took in evacuees from the areas affected by the La Soufrière volcano.

He said that solidarity was also evident in the efforts to get vaccines for the member states highlighting the assistance from India, the United States, and the African Union though he remarked that “we have not been as successful in persuading sufficient of our citizens to be vaccinated to achieve herd immunity, and to reduce the rate of infections and deaths, as well as the stress on our health systems and personnel”.

“Taking the vaccine is one act of goodwill towards our fellow citizens that resonates with this season of joy,” Browne said in a clear pitch to convince people to get vaccinated.

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