Former Health Minister and Senator Mary Isaac has addressed Saint Lucia’s involvement in purchasing COVID-19 vaccines from Radical Investments operated by prominent local developer Mark Maloney.
Radical Investments is said to have been paid to procure the AstraZeneca vaccine as part of a regional bulk-purchasing arrangement between Barbados, Saint Lucia and Bahamas.
That arrangement is now the subject of a suit filed recently in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida by Radical Investments against Good Vibrations Entertainment LLC, the purported supplier of the vaccines and several other businesses and individuals involved in the attempt to purchase the vaccines.
“The only source vaccine purchase I am aware of was through the COVAX mechanism,” said the former minister during an appearance on the DBS Television programme Newsmaker Live on Wednesday evening.
She also noted that Saint Lucia received vaccines from the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) and the World Health Organisation (WHO).
In a letter dated April 20, and signed by the director of finance in Saint Lucia, the government approved EC$7.3 million as its contribution to buy 100,000 doses of the vaccine that is yet to receive.
“I heard of this arrangement, but I am not aware that Saint Lucia paid out any monies to these people because while I was there, we had a lot of different agencies trying to suppliers with vaccines, but I know that these things go through a very stringent…