After a successful start to vaccination, it has stalled. And now we see a rise in cases. Many people I speak to say "they are not ready" for the vaccine. Seriously, I have no idea what that means besides fear of the vaccine.
Moleto A. Smith Jr. is very frustrated by the refusal of "conspiracy theorists and nonsense pushers" to protect the residents of the Virgin Islands by getting vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus.
Decisions taken at the G7 summit in relation to China will become an issue the Caribbean will have to respond to. David Jessop believes that the coming chill in relations between the West and China will make finding solutions to the problems the region faces more challenging.
Filippo Cassinelli says the energy costs in the Virgin Islands are the highest in the nation. A way to generate affordable energy is imperative.
Tabletop exercises test the territory’s strengths and weaknesses in the face of disaster, and they test emergency workers' ability to respond to them.
This year has seen the Bahamas and the Eastern Caribbean introduce Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBBCs). Other nations are expected to do so soon. David Jessop believes that CBBCs could revolutionize Caribbean financial transfers, engage the unbanked, and do much to encourage intra-regional trade.
Rodney North and David North share the many ways they believe the U.S. Virgin Islands could bring money into the local economy.
The Source this week resumes the Virtues Project, a weekly feature focused on building peaceful and caring communities through understanding and fostering the practice of virtues.
It is quite possible that as the year goes on, Cuba and Argentina will enter into a production agreement for two of Cuba’s COVID-19 candidate vaccines if certified for use. David Jessop writes that the region should be proud that a relatively small Caribbean nation may soon be able to supply a self-developed vaccine to the Americas and the wider world.
The pandemic has proved conclusively that without tourism much of the Caribbean economy is unviable. Echoing a recent Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) report, David Jessop asks whether the basic product of sun, sea and sand is sustainable?
Two Virgin Islands rabbis have written a reaction to the recently held pro-Palestinian rally held in Christiansted, St. Croix.
Several [American] cruise lines have said they will sail out of the Caribbean this summer. David Jessop believes that the need for a strong post pandemic economic recovery requires the region to find ways to ensure cruise ships home port in the Caribbean for a part of every year.
Lyña E. Fredericks, the acting director of the Division of Chronic Disease and Prevention at the USVI Department of Health, couples the idea of improving infrastructure with exercise and better health for Virgin Islanders.
The CARICOM Commission on the Economy put forward last year a number of genuinely radical proposals on how the regional integration process might be resuscitated. David Jessop suggests that if set aside it will be time to ask if CARICOM and its single market has any long-term future.
Commissioner Trevor Velinor writes that “Police Week is a tradition that began in 1962, and this year we recognize those fallen officers of the Virgin Islands Police Department. I celebrate the commitment of these heroes, as I stand on the shoulders of their sacrifices.”
When the Caribbean finally emerges from the pandemic, a key task will be to upgrade its connectivity. David Jessop argues that governments and the private sector will also need to focus in parallel on becoming fully cyber secure.
Moleto A. Smith Jr. advises that “Despite the current stresses that negatively impact the mental health of many of our community members, the good news is that mental illnesses are treatable.”
Mark A. Walters gives an overview of how the U. S. Virgin Islands has and is dealing with the pandemic. He says that FEMA, VITEMA and the public are ready to get through the double threat of pandemic and hurricane season.
Trevor Velinor gives his perspective on being the police commissioner and enumerates the many ways the public and VIPD can work together to bring down crime in the territory.
Much of the Caribbean is still struggling to obtain vaccines against COVID-19. David Jessop writes that by sharing some of the 60 million spare doses it has available, the U.S. would powerfully signal its interest in a renewed partnership.