February 22, 2021
The Free National Movement (FNM) issued the following statement regarding yesterday’s address by Prime Minister Minnis:
“Since our first COVID-19 case in March of last year, our Prime Minister, Dr. Hubert Minnis, has prioritized the health and safety of all Bahamians. Saving lives was his top priority when he practiced medicine. It’s still his top priority as Prime Minister. Given our low case numbers compared to nations regionally and around the world, the steps and measures his administration have taken, working with the experts, are getting results.
“Yesterday’s announcement furthered that commitment. The Prime Minister detailed the work his administration and the health experts are doing to roll out the National COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan. The plan is in the final stages of completion as The Bahamas prepares to receive its first batch of AstraZeneca vaccines.
“Prime Minister Minnis and his team have worked tirelessly to ensure the infrastructure, software and logistics of delivering and administering vaccines are in place so that when they arrive we will be ready. He also announced that in addition to the 100,000 vaccines soon to be delivered, our government has worked to secure a commitment for a small order of vaccines from the Government of India. Our government continues to work to access more vaccines that have been approved by the World Health Organization.
“Every doctor understands first-hand the dangers of a deadly virus such as COVID-19. The Prime Minister issued a note of caution, saying, ‘now is not the time to let our guards down’. He stressed we must remain vigilant and follow the measures that have allowed us to gradually reopen the economy safely.
“While our FNM government’s proactive measures to maintain low case numbers have drawn praise from the international health community and other governments, we have also maintained a focus on providing the social assistance needed by so many families and small businesses struggling from the economic blow from back-to-back historic crises.
“The Minnis administration has strived to help those in need. It has provided millions of dollars every month in emergency assistance to support the special unemployment programs, the food program, and business loans and grants on a scale never before seen in The Bahamas. The administration is also working to provide additional funding to extend these programs that help thousands of Bahamians.
“Under the direction and leadership of Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis, our government will continue working to keep all Bahamians safe by guiding an efficient vaccination campaign while also further assisting those in need.”