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May 12, 2022

Briceño Said COVID Shrunk the Caribbean Economy Significantly

John Briceño

Briceño called on everyone to apply what we know works in combating the COVID spread, pointing to the crippling effects the virus has had on the regional economy.


Prime Minister John Briceño

“The Caribbean economy shrunk by six percent above the four point four contraction worldwide, and grew on average by only one percent last year. We say then that now is the time to double on what we know works – testing, vaccination, treatments and appropriate public health measures. We must accelerate efforts to inoculate seventy percent of the global population, especially those with co-morbidities. CARICOM is committed to this. To get there, however, will require more efforts to improve accessibility to vaccines, including pediatric vaccines. Likewise, financing and political commitment are required to overcome operational and logistical impediments in difficult-to-reach areas and to access vaccine hesitancy.”

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