All the best for 2021 and onward!
This is our first COVID-19 update for 2021. Since the last update we have seen increases in the average daily number of cases, the approval of several vaccines and the identification of new strains of COVID-19. Many countries have initiated further restrictions to slow the spread of the virus. In countries with the vaccine, front line workers and those at high risk are being administered the vaccine. While vaccines may start arriving in the Caribbean in Q2 these will most likely only be adequate for high-risk groups and the rest of us will have to wait much longer.
Most countries walk a fine line between saving lives and saving the economy. Bloomberg publishes an informative chart, updated monthly, which attempts to show which countries have most successfully balanced both. New Zealand, fresh from battling a volcano and a monstrous hate crime, then battled COVID with better success than most. Bloomberg’s chart shows only major countries. Would anyone like to try a similar analysis for the Caribbean?
We can all learn from past mistakes. This article from the New Yorker tries to analyse what the USA did wrong in the early days of the pandemic.
As with most, if not all, organisations, our 2020 Annual Conference was virtual. We encourage you to access our conference presentations on Actuview. All members have been provided access codes. Each week, we will recommend viewing of one session which was presented live and one which was pre-recorded. We start with IFRS-17 Implementation Challenges for the Caribbean and Mental Health in a Time of COVID-19. Most sessions qualify for cpd credits.
Feedback is welcomed. We encourage continuing conversation and will provide the necessary fora for discussions i.e., between presenters and interested parties.
Thank you. Stay safe and happy.
Your Communication Committee:
Shubhash Gosine, Betty Black, Pedro Medford and Brian Blake
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