President Ali’s religious belief sparked international goodwill – Teixeira – Demerara Waves Online News – Guyana
Last updated on Sunday 10 October 2021, 16:02 by Denis Chabrol
President Irfaan Ali, being a Muslim, has obtained international support from the main countries of the Arab world, Governance Minister Gail Teixeira said on Sunday.
Speaking to worshipers at a Hindu temple in Queens, New York, she stressed the value of the president’s religious persuasion in accessing much-needed help. âWe recognize that President Ali is a Muslim and this has also brought us goodwill from the Middle East, Qatar, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, etc. She said.
She said a 100-bed field hospital that had been donated by Qatar would soon be opened to help the public health sector cope with the growing number of people hospitalized with COVID-19.
The Guyanese government announced earlier this year that it would open embassies in Qatar and the United Arab Emirates as part of a plan to expand its diplomatic presence in the Middle East.
Guyana’s initial purchase of over 200,000 doses of the Russian-made Sputnik vaccine came from Sheikh Ahmed Dalmook Juma Al Maktoum from the United Arab Emirates who visited Guyana in November 2020.
In addition to the support of Guyanese based overseas, she told the Hindu rally that major Western nations and regional and international organizations have all provided Guyana with “goodwill.”
The latest figures show that 62% of Guyanese have received a first dose of COVID vaccine and 36% a second dose. So far, the viral disease has claimed the lives of more than 800 Guyanese, the majority of whom were not vaccinated.
The United States has provided more than 200,000 doses of Pfizer vaccine for use in adolescents.