The COVID-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented shifts across the globe. It has required Governments of the Caribbean to face the intrinsic vulnerabilities of their nations and re-examine health care systems and economies even amidst actively deploying national responses to the threat of this deadly virus in the context of already challenged fiscal realities, physical infrastructure and service delivery systems.
Three policy papers were generated in the period of October to December 2020 addressing the COVID-19 pandemic in the Caribbean, as per the request of the UNDP. In April 2021, an introductory note for the reader was added.
- Introductory note for the reader
- “Considerations towards the opening of the British Virgin Islands to tourism”
- “Regional Scenarios for COVID-19 Prevention and Control”
- “COVID-19 Epidemiological Situation and Response in Eastern Caribbean States”
These papers answered specific questions posed by the countries and proposed regional recommendations focusing on the analysis of ten English-speaking countries and Territories in the Eastern Caribbean (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines). Nonetheless, recommendations enclosed in them may apply to other Caribbean and non-Caribbean countries, especially other island-states. These papers are not intended to be holistic or prescriptive, but rather targeted and with enough information to serve as complementary source for countries in their development of COVID-19 guidance and their decision-making processes.
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