As a volcanic eruption forged a pall of ash over the Caribbean island of St. Vincent, tens of hundreds fled – however eyebrows have been raised after the island nation’s PM stated they weren’t going anyplace and not using a Covid shot.
The La Soufriere volcano on the japanese Caribbean island of St. Vincent erupted on Friday, sending a column of ash 10km into the sky. With some 16,000 individuals dwelling within the ‘pink zone’ close to the volcano, the authorities had been scrambling to place collectively evacuation plans within the hours main as much as the blast.
For viewers following the evacuation effort via tv information studies, one element of the plan might have stood out. “Cruise ships are evacuating individuals from the island,” CBS Information’ Norah O’Donnell introduced on Friday, including that “solely these vaccinated in opposition to Covid” can be allowed to go away.
The clip, which has since raised some eyebrows on-line, turned out to be factually right. St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ prime minister, Ralph Gonsalves, did announce in a press convention that evacuees would want to obtain a Covid shot earlier than boarding any of the 2 Royal Caribbean cruise ships and two Carnival Cruise Line’s vessels that arrived on Friday.
Moreover, Gonsalves stated that the neighboring islands of St. Lucia, Grenada, Barbados, and Antigua would settle for evacuees, however provided that that they had been vaccinated.
So as to add to the horror on St Vincent, *solely vaccinated* evacuees are being accepted on cruise ships or close by islands. That is worse than my worst nightmares about vaccine segregation. This has to redouble our willpower to NEVER enable covid passes.pic.twitter.com/Q2Zx73bFkN
— Silkie Carlo (@silkiecarlo) April 10, 2021
So… a volcano on St Vincent has erupted and cruise ships are evacuating residents in peril, however provided that they have been vaccinated for Covid. We’re via the trying glass, everyone.
— Oliver Smith (@ollysmithtravel) April 10, 2021
Nevertheless, regardless of Gonsalves’ announcement, neither Royal Caribbean nor Carnival Cruise Line have talked about something about conserving unvaccinated passengers off their ships. Royal Caribbean did say that “all precautions might be taken to guard the well being and security of the crew and passengers who board our ships,” however didn’t elaborate additional. Nor have the governments of the aforementioned islands launched any official statements clarifying whether or not or not they’d settle for unvaccinated evacuees.
Additional complicating issues is the truth that St. Vincent acquired its first cargo of vaccines solely two days earlier than the eruption. All through the pandemic, St. Vincent and the Grenadines has recorded just one,789 circumstances of Covid-19 and 10 deaths, in response to figures from the World Well being Group.
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