Medical practitioner and Opposition MP, Dr Lackram Bodoe, has expressed concern over the possibility of a local variant of Covid19 emerging.
Speaking at a UNC press conference on Sunday, Dr Bodoe said “The longer this vaccine vacuum remains the faster it will be filled by variants of concern and I am also worried as a medical practitioner about the possibility of local variants developing.”
He added “We have seen the evidence and we have seen for example in India, where because of the large amount of community spread, that in an attempt to survive, the virus has mutated and undergone mutation and now you have your own local strain.”
Bodoe said “Although the figures indicate that we have already vaccinated just over 40,000 citizens it is a far cry from where we need to be.”
He said the countries that have been able to successfully navigate the pandemic so far were able to vaccinate the majority of their citizens in a timely manner.
Bodoe said this country will need to vaccinate around 700,000 of the adult population to be able to achieve herd immunity.
He called on the government to explore all the avenues to ensure we get the vaccines we need.