Democratic Labour Party (DLP) vice president Andre Worrell has called on Minister of Health Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Bostic to explain any role his ministry played in the current scandal surrounding a deal by a company owned by a local businessman to buy COVID vaccines for the Government from an American company that did not deliver the product.
St Lucia-based Radical Investments, owned by cement and construction magnate Mark Maloney, has filed a lawsuit in the United States claiming to have been “deceptively” lured into an “elaborate” $20 million (US$10.2 million) scam for one million “non-existent” doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine through Floridian company Good Vibrations.
Court documents claim that a half-dozen defendants were involved in the massive scam that included the provision of false statements to Prime Minister Mottley.
While Mottley is at the United Nations in New York preparing to address the General Assembly, Acting Prime Minister Santia Bradshaw told the nation in an address Tuesday that no taxpayer dollars were involved in the failed deal.
While speaking to the press on Thursday at DLP headquarters, Worrell said the idea that the Minister of Health was not aware of the deal in the first, even though it was on behalf of the Government, was unbelievable and warranted explanation.
He said: “We are questioning the Minister of Health. In a statement to Barbados TODAY, he said that he knew nothing about the process where documents are being…