Monday 26 October, 2020

Mottley challenges the America region to put its best foot forward

Cuba has been one of the shining lights of the Americas region’s fight against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Barbados prime minister Mia Mottley made the observation today as she thanked the Cuban Government for showing solidarity with its neighbours by supplying nurses and other healthcare professionals to assist in fighting COVID-19.

“The solidarity which was exemplified by the waves of doctors and nurses that Cuba willingly sent to almost every corner of the Americas. And when Spain and Italy called for help, Cuba answered the call,” Mottley said in her address at the 58 Directing Council of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).

Mottley has challenged the Americas region to put its best foot forward when combating the threat posed by the virus as she has noted some countries have been hoarding vital equipment and medicine.

“We must show the world that despite our language, size and cultural differences, despite our socioeconomic inequities, or because of them, we can put all of that aside and OVERCOME this microscopic catalyst of the change to the old world order that Mother Earth so badly needed,” Mottley stated.

Currently there are 16.4 million COVID-19 cases in the Americas.

The United States and Brazil account for most of the COVID-19 cases and deaths.  

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