(Trinidad Guardian) Guyana’s President Mohamed Irfaan Ali is calling for the removal of vaccine discrimination for travel throughout the region.
He made the call during an address to the nation and news conference to mark his first year in office yesterday.
Guardian Media was invited to participate in the new conference.
Ali defended his country’s decision to use Sputnik V, as he said there should be no distinction in vaccinating against COVID-19.
He said the decision to use the Russian vaccine was out of both necessity and availability.
“We see no distinction in a vaccination programme. Whether it is Sputnik, Sinopharm, Pfizer, Moderna. There is no distinction for us. And in our eyes, in the vaccination programme,” President Ali said, “because we fought for Pfizer we fought for Moderna we fought for Johnson & Johnson and we could not get it. But we were able to get Sputnik. And we invested in it because lives of the people mattered.”