The View From Europe

Cuba, Argentina and a vaccine for the Americas

Just over a week ago, Argentina’s Health Minister, Carla Vizzotti, and her Cuban counterpart, Dr José Angel Portal, signed a letter of intent that may lead to the joint production in Argentina of some of the vaccines Cuba has developed against COVID-19.

Is the lure of the beach enough?

Sometime in the next twelve months, when the pandemic is fully brought under control in North America and Europe, visitors will return to the Caribbean in significant numbers.

Connectivity and the future of CARICOM

The appointment of Dr Carla Barnett as the next Secretary General of CARICOM should be an inflection point; a moment when the institution, and more importantly its member states rise to the challenge of delivering the post-pandemic decisions that could propel the regional integration process into the 21st Century.

Vaccine diplomacy and Caribbean economic recovery

Vaccine inequity has become a matter of deep global concern. The issue, the WHO’s Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, told a recent meeting of the UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), is “the challenge of our time”.

It’s time for a new US-CARICOM partnership

Perhaps the most important aspect of the short statement issued in Washington after a first two-hour meeting last week between the new US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, and his CARICOM counterparts was its emphasis on inclusivity.

Britain seeks a new place in the world

What global role should a post-imperial, post-Brexit Britain play? Can it reinvent itself in a manner that convinces a population increasingly divided by education, age, race, location, and inequality, let alone the wider world, that it can or should continue to try to punch above its weight?

Can CARICOM Heads of Government deliver?

A little over a year ago this column observed that the pandemic will pass, but noted that more telling will be the way in which the region responds to the impact of a virus-induced recession.

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