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UWI AT THE FOREFRONT OF THE PANDEMIC
We still have containment across the whole of CARICOM with just 202 deaths since the start of the epidemic in March. Haiti and Suriname are battling to keep the epidemic under control because they share a land border with countries that have a surging epidemic (Dominican Republic and Brazil respectively).
Dr. Clive Landis is the Pro Vice Chancellor (Board for Undergraduate Studies); and Chair of the UWI COVID-19 Task Force
Ethics Amidst COVID-19: A Brief Ethics Handbook for Caribbean Policymakers and Leaders
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CARIBBEAN UNITED IN COVID-19 RESPONSE
Regional experts discuss common approaches at UWI
The UWI Regional Headquarters, Kingston, Jamaica. Tuesday, March 24, 2020
As the COVID-19 virus continues to spread worldwide, creating grave health and economic challenges, the Caribbean is particularly vulnerable to its impact. However, the pandemic has given rise to many areas for collaboration among countries and agencies in the region.
Ambassador Dr. Richard Bernal, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Practice, Global Affairs of The UWI observed that the unfortunate challenge has actually brought the region closer together, noting that a number of coordinating meetings are taking place among regional institutions. He stated, “The existence and operation of regional institutions have made an important contribution to the fight against COVID-19 and this augers well for a more coordinated Caribbean-wide regional approach.” Ambassador Bernal chaired a Vice-Chancellor’s Forum hosted by The University of the West Indies (The UWI) on Friday, March 20, themed, Caribbean Unity or Plurality—The Regional Response To COVID-19. The virtual event which was the third on COVID-19, and initiated by The UWI Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, featured regional experts in a discussion on various national policies and partnerships in dealing with the virus across the Caribbean.
Dr. Douglas Slater, CARICOM Assistant Secretary-General, Human and Social Development started the discussion with an overview of some of the meetings organised by CARICOM to date. He assured that the organisation has been working as best as possible to have a coordinated approach, while respecting the rights of the member states to take individual action. Commenting on how countries in the region have been responding to the virus pandemic, he said, “We’ve seen very strong unity and the need for it. If it wasn’t there before we need it now.”
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