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Vaccines The Permanent Solution: PM

“Our frontline workers have been working tirelessly and selflessly in our hospitals, homes and offices and informal settlements to eradicate COVID-19 and our doctors, nurses and medical administrators are providing critical leader­ship.
23 Jul 2021 13:44
Vaccines The Permanent Solution: PM
US Chargé d’Affaires Tony Greubel (left) with Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama at Albert Park in Suva on July 22, 2021. Photo: Leon Lord

Vaccines are the permanent solution – the proven so­lution, says Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

As he welcomed 150,080 doses of the Moderna vac­cine given by the United States of America at Albert Park in Suva yesterday, he said: “Most Fijians are doing their part, but we need more Fijians to step up.

“I would like to see all Fijians get the jab.

“There are no easy ways around this pandemic. We have to meet it head-on and we are.

“Our frontline workers have been working tirelessly and selflessly in our hospitals, homes and offices and informal settlements to eradicate COVID-19 and our doctors, nurses and medical administrators are providing critical leader­ship.

“Government has devoted all the resources at our dispos­al to support individuals and businesses who are suffering economically because of this pandemic.

“But we need to get to the permanent solution. Once we do, this virus will be like the many other diseases we have defeated through vaccines – like smallpox, polio, measles and leprosy.

“I want to thank President Biden for this important initi­ative. He has shown the kind of leadership the world needs and expects from the United States,” he said.

“Full American engagement in the global fight against COVID is more than a great asset in this fight. It is abso­lutely indispensable.”

US Chargé d’Affaires Tony Greubel praised the hard work done by the Fijian Government, the Ministry of Health and Medical Services and the frontline staff.

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Meanwhile, Mr Bainimarama said frontline workers should not be criticised, but praised.

Fiji’s frontline workers, which consists of medical staff, disciplined forces and civil servants have faced criticisms despite their hard work.

In contrast, the United States, Australian and New Zea­land diplomatic corps have been nothing short of praises.

Minister for Health and Medical Services Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete said he had posed a question to his workers and asked them what made them do this work.

“They said, ‘Sir, we do it because we are Fijians, and we love our nation’.

“And every member of the public can be patriotic by fol­lowing the COVID safe protocols and getting vaccinated.”

Feedback: shalveen.chand@fijisun.com.fj

 



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