Weekly COVID-19 & News Update -7th January

Dear Colleagues,

The Communication Team hopes that everyone has greeted the New Year in good health. We wish you all a safe 2022 filled with good health and prosperity.

We also extend praise to the 2021 Conference organisers for their efforts and the success of our 2nd Virtual Annual Conference. We look forward to seeing you in-person at our 2022 Conference!

Next week we’ll start sharing highlights of our 2021 Conference, and we have quite a lot of those!

Our AGM, which took place on the 10th December, elected a new Board of Directors.

Read more about them on our website.


With the Omicron variant, we are back to alarming increases in total number of cases.

In both Trinidad and Jamaica, this writer knows quite a few people who have gotten COVID-19 though they were fully vaccinated. My opinion is that they dropped their guard with respect to mask wearing, sanitising often and maintaining social distancing. Most of the deaths of people whom I knew in Trinidad were primarily due to their resistance to taking the vaccine and the fact that they had various comorbidities.

Please, we urge you to let good sense prevail. Get vaccinated but continue to follow safety protocols. There will likely be a few more mutations before it becomes relatively harmless.

Also remember, no one – doctors, virologists, scientists, or others- yet know the long-term effects on our health after having COVID-19. The fact that it attacks your lungs suggests that recovery might not mean perfect lung health in the future.

Our COVID-19 Report will be published fortnightly in 2022 with alternate Fridays covering other topics of interest such as Climate Change, ESG investing, Oil and Gas development in the region, and so on.

Please Scroll down to see our usual tables summarising coronavirus data.


What you may have missed over the Holidays:

The International Congress of Actuaries 2023: Bridges to Tomorrow will take place in Sydney, Australia, 28th May-1st June.  

The IAA Bursary Congress Fund is available to provide some financial support to certain individuals with preference given to:

• residents of countries with a Gross National Income (GNI) of less than US$22,000 per capita

• individuals who have not received IAA bursaries for previous Congresses, IAA Fund meetings or Section Colloquia, except where repeat participation is considered to be in the best interests of the profession

• individuals who promote the profession and/or lead associations in good standing with their IAA membership criteria (IAA membership dues payments and confirmation forms)

• applicants who convey a serious intent and plan to share what they learned with the profession in their country following the congress, such as (but not limited to) making presentations to members of the actuarial association or to actuarial students.

The bursary application form may be completed here before 15th September 2022.


The CAA has for many years donated to both the Jamaica and Trinidad Mathematical Olympiads organised by UWI Department of Mathematics in each country. Here’s an article about the 2021 Jamaica team.


Then there’s this glowing article from the (UK) Guardian newspaper praising Hon. Mia Mottley’s contribution to COP26.


Three articles likely to be of interest to our readers:


And, finally, two “Year in Review” links to browse at your leisure.


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Your News Team: Shubhash, Pedro & Betty

7th January 2022

The information on this page does not necessarily reflect the opinions, standards or policies of the CAA. Data included in graphs has been obtained from several sources the accuracy of which cannot be guaranteed by the CAA. The CAA assumes no responsibility or liability for the accuracy or completeness of content contained in any linked site.

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