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ANUG calls for audit of countrywide “haphazard” cash disbursements; recommends ‘oil money’ welfare

A New and United Guyana (ANUG) political party on Tuesday slammed the Irfaan Ali-led administration for doling out billions of dollars in actual cash seemingly without any accountability. “Money should not be taken from the State coffers in the haphazard way that we have seen,” ANUG said in a statement. That party, which is part of a joinder seat with ...

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Businesses begin enforcing no entry to unvaccinated persons

Businesses in Guyana are from  Monday asking customers for vaccination cards or negative PCR tests, in keeping with the government’s latest measures. Republic Bank (Guyana) says it will “enforce” the new measures. This means that those customers who are not vaccinated, must make an appointment to see a Republic Bank representative.  On the date of the appointment, persons must walk ...

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Educators now specifically captured in new COVID rules

The latest COVID-19 measures now indicate that educators as well as well as other employees  working in all government-owned and privately-owned buildings  being used for public purposes must now be vaccinated or have a negative PCR test within seven days. The September 4, 2021 measures, signed by Health Minister Dr Frank Anthony and published in the Official Gazette, state that ...

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Government continues to order workers to rotate staff, amid rising COVID-19 cases

The Government continues to order the rotation of staff in the public and private sectors, amid a sharp rise in the number of COVID cases and deaths, according to the latest Order issued on Saturday. “All persons employed within the Public Service, a semi-autonomous agency, statutory body or State-owned enterprise shall work on rotation unless otherwise instructed by their respective ...

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GTU sounds strike call but Education Minister relying on teachers’ commitment to students

The Guyana Teachers’ Union (GTU) on Wednesday called on all teachers to go on strike from next Monday if any unvaccinated teacher is turned away from school, but Minister of Education Priya Manickchand remained optimistic that many schools would be manned by teachers who have taken a jab against the coronavirus. “We will be monitoring very closely what will take ...

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Trade unions ask High Court to quash latest COVID-19 vaccination measures

The Guyana Teachers’ Union, Guyana Public Service Union and their umbrella Guyana Trades Union Congress on Tuesday  asked the High Court to quash government’s vaccination policy that they say amount to coercion to take the jab against the viral disease. Also named as applicants are GPSU Vice President Dawn Gardner, GTU General Secretary Coretta Mc Donald and GTUC General Secretary ...

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Huge turnout of school-age children for Pfizer vaccine at Movietowne

More than 1,000 school-age children by midday Sunday took a Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine, as a steady stream of vehicles continued  to enter the Movietowne compound at Liliendaal where the jabs were being provided. “This is a great response. We have a lot of parents bringing their children out to get  vaccinated,” said Health Minister Frank Anthony, a medical doctor by ...

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COVID-19 vaccines were not developed overnight “humanity was lucky” — Guyanese virologist at Pfizer

Principal Research Scientist at United States drug maker, Pfizer, Dr Vidia Roopchand has sought to dispel concerns that COVID vaccines were developed overnight, but said they date back to the fight against two other coronaviruses. He said research in tackling Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in the early 200s and Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in 2012 formed the basis ...

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Top Guyanese scientist at Pfizer hails quality of UG education

A Guyanese senior virologist at United States drug maker, Pfizer, Dr Vidia Roopchand, has hailed the quality of education being offered at the University of Guyana from which he obtained his first degree. “I know a lot of students in Guyana are sometimes tentative about the standard of education they are receiving but I can tell you this that the ...

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