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CARICOM Chairman Praised for ‘Outstanding Leadership’ in COVID-19 Battle


Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), on Friday praised the Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley, chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), for outstanding leadership during the ongoing coronavirus threat.

On Wednesday, April 15, Mottley conducted a Special Emergency Meeting of CARICOM Heads of Government via a video conference, during which they agree agreed on a way forward in the community’s battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a press release following the meeting, the CARICOM Heads of Government noted that they “were of the view that it was regrettable that resources for [WHO] were being threatened at a time when all must join in leading the fight against the pandemic.”

This was clearly in response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to suspend funding to WHO while his administration reviews what he described as WHO’s “disastrous” role in “covering up” the outbreak of the coronavirus in China.

The CARICOM press release noted that the leaders received “presentations from the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), the University of the West Indies (UWI), the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and Archbishop Jason Gordon.”

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