President Dr Irfaan Ali at a press conference on Sunday revealed that during his participation at the 33rd Inter-Sessional meeting of CARICOM Heads of Government there were a number of discussions on the COVID 19 pandemic and post-recovery period.
Top of the agenda, the Head of State said was the discussion on how the region can be self-sufficient in producing their own vaccines for the COVID 19 virus.
He said this discussion was crucial because “we have to look at the capacity and how we build the regional capacity to produce so we can be self-sufficient and not reliant on external forces that may not come in a timely manner.”
Dr Ali also posited that a number of countries expressed interest in supporting the region in this venture.
Meanwhile, the Head of State announced that during this week Guyana will move one step closer towards the full reopening of the country since he believes the pandemic has posed several factors that now needs to be advanced.
He said "I received complaints over the last four weeks of a situation where we had three or more four flights coming in at a time. We had some delays...a lot of times in terms of the clearance of passengers because of the requirement of filling up that COVID 19 locater form."
Notwithstanding, the fact that this form was necessary because of the pandemic he explained “that locater form is no longer needed because the immigration form captures all the information that is required on that form, so that means when you come in now you will advance straight to Immigration.”
Furthermore, the President said that the region has expressed strong condemnation of Russia’s action against Ukraine.
He pointed out too that he updated the region on the latest escalation of the Guyana/Venezuela border case and that “CARICOM again has reaffirmed their unequivocal support for Guyana sovereignty and territorial integrity. The Government of Guyana highly values the support and solidarity of our brother and sister on this matter.”
Last week, the Head of State attended a two-day meeting of the 33rd Inter-sessional meeting in Belize where he was able to advance discussions on areas of cooperation and investments with several other countries.