In the last few days, Pfizer BioNTech a German-US company, and the US company Moderna have separately announced that that the COVID-19 vaccines they have been developing have proved ninety-five per cent effective.
It is easy to share the excitement felt across the Caribbean at President elect Joe Biden’s victory in the US polls.
From Bridgetown’s Carlisle Bay to England’s south west coastal town of Weymouth, cruise ships berthed offshore and out of service have become a familiar sight.
A few days ago, the US Ambassador in Kingston, Donald Tapia, gave an exclusive interview to the Jamaica Observer.
By mid-November, the outcome of the saga of Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union (EU) will be known.
A little earlier this month, the University of the West Indies’ Shridath Ramphal Centre published a policy paper that called for a new, integrated regional approach to post-COVID Caribbean economic recovery.
“The IDB (Inter-American Development Bank) will work with the region to boost investment through greater integration and nearshoring.
In August, the price of gold reached a record high of US$2,073 per ounce.
Speaking recently at Bocas Lit Fest, Jamaica’s former Prime Minister, P J Patterson, observed that in recent years there had been a “deliberate attempt” to split the Caribbean.
Despite the understandable desire by some in tourism to talk up a ‘return to normal’, it is hard to avoid the conclusion that the industry’s recovery from the pandemic will be slow and uncertain, largely because infection rates in the region’s principal overseas markets continue to rise.
Over the last twelve months the Caribbean has been able to demonstrate through the ballot box that its democracies remain strong.
How well prepared is the Caribbean to respond to the politically led emergence of ‘vaccine nationalism’, an approach likely to see countries with advanced bio-pharma facilities initially restrict the availability of a COVID-19 vaccine?
Whether it chooses to take sides or not, the Caribbean is about to find itself swept up into the now almost inevitable superpower confrontation between the United States and China.
A week ago, the government of The Bahamas took an unprecedented decision.
On July 4, the opposition Partido Revolucionario Moderno (PRM) swept to power in the Dominican Republic, handing Luis Abinader the Presidency and control of both the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies.
After years of failing to find a way to reconcile whether LIAT, the Antigua-based carrier, primarily serves the interests of shareholder governments by providing tax revenue and employment or is a genuine for-profit operation rather than a form of monopoly, a moment of truth has arrived.
Last month a bill was introduced into the US Senate by three Republican Senators.
Later this year we will know whether President Trump has won a second term in office or if his fellow septuagenarian, Joe Biden, has ended the most disruptive US presidency in living memory.
Last week a culture war erupted in Britain over its colonial history.
Even at the best of times, the cruise lines are controversial Caribbean partners, sharply dividing opinion between happy travellers, citizens, hoteliers, environmentalists, academics, and governments.