Thursday, October 29, 2020

Dr. Minnis a No Show at COVID-19 Briefing

The show goes on at the much anticipated press conference following Dr. Duane Sands’ resignation

Prime Minister Hubert Minnis, who assumed the temporary position as Minister of Health, was noticeably absent from the first COVID-19 press conference since the resignation of Dr. Duane Sands.

When pressed by reporters on the whereabouts of Dr. Minnis, Chief Medical Officer Pearl McMillan said, “I am not in a position to say where he is. But certainly we did not have a delay in having a minister assigned to the Ministry of Health.

“We are continuing to move forward with our response,” she said.

As Minister of Health, Sands spearheaded the national COVID-19 effort, attending press conferences and providing updates.

Sands resigned on Monday following a “breach in protocol,” surrounding the delivery of COVID-19 test swabs into the country and the landing of permanent residents during the national lock down.

Sands acknowledged that he acted outside of his authority and stated that he did what was necessary to obtain the much-needed testing swabs, which are in short supply.

When asked by a reporter if the 2500 swabs obtained by Sands through a donation by Bahamian residents, are in the possession of health officials, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Pearl McMillan said she can confirm that the donated swabs are included in the 5000 testing swabs in possession, to test COVID-19 cases.

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