Without widespread immunisation and vaccine passports, it is hard to see how the the viability of Caribbean tourism could be restored, let alone the high intensity contact necessary to provide visitor services.
Despite warnings from clinicians, Barbados held on to a too-short quarantine and test protocol when its borders opened last summer. Now, a new surge in COVID cases and deaths begs retrospective policy questions.
President Biden has many difficult problems to address but has said that he wants to pursue a collegiate strategy with partners around the world. By any measure, a unilateral policy that has failed for over 60 years, and which has demonstrably not helped the Cuban people, requires urgent review.
While the Biden-Harris administration may reverse some of the US’ transactional and divisive foreign policy pursuits, the Caribbean needs to work together if it intends to realize more significant gains with the new administration which, no doubt, will be preoccupied with its domestic crises.
The world’s most developed countries see the small islands of the Caribbean as economic peers, based on misleading development indicators that belie the region’s vulnerability to climate change, and exempt most of the Caribbean from development assistance
A report from the UN High Commissioner on Refugees has found that the Caribbean is a key destination for displaced Venezuelans and other refugees, but the region is unprepared to handle the influx