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Jan 21, 2021

Opposition Leader Faber Slams P.U.P. Government over COVID Tests

The opposition also criticized the Briceño administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Opposition Leader Patrick Faber blasts the government for continuously politicizing the pandemic and blaming the past U.D.P. administration.  He says that everything that the Briceño administration has done to battle the pandemic was merely building upon the foundation that the U.D.P. had laid. Faber then criticized the recently passed S.I., which gives the Ministry of Health and Wellness sole responsibility for the approval of the importation of tests to detect COVID-19.


Patrick Faber

Patrick Faber, Leader of the Opposition

“Everything they have done pretty much copied or continued works began by the United Democratic Party and that includes the rolling out of these tests, rapid tests that have been done and procured from the time the U.D.P. was there. I am told that there is now a list of designated places that you can get a rapid test and I am told as well that the government has now taken controlled of it which is not necessarily a bad thing except that we see early signs of corruption already rearing its head in this ordeal. You see in order to import the test and to administer the test at certain institution you will now have to get permission from the Ministry of Health and Wellness. I am reliably informed in fact the games have already begun where only friends and cronies are allowed to import the test so these tests can be administered across the country through certain institution. Those details are still coming to me and once we get them, well it doesn’t seem to matter. It is now very evident that the People’s United Party as my colleague the honorable Tracey Taegar Panton in the last House meeting went to great pains to point out this party is about nepotistic opportunities. It abides abounds freely. Apparently everybody friend, brother, sister, aunty, uncle are able to benefit and when it comes down to the basic, there is not enough for everyone.”

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