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Prime Minister Minnis - New Year's National Address
Jan 13, 2021 - 9:10:08 AM

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New Year’s National Address 
The Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis
Prime Minister and Minister of Finance
12 January 2021

Good evening, and a belated Happy New Year.

This past Monday, we celebrated the attainment of Majority Rule, which was achieved after generations of struggle.

Majority Rule is one of our greatest achievements as a people.

It ushered in greater equality, and the flourishing of our democracy, upon which, we continue to build as a free and sovereign people.

Dear Fellow-Bahamians:

This year’s New Year’s Address, is unlike any a Bahamian prime minister has had to give.

Tonight, I want to let you know, about the very difficult state of affairs, in which we continue to find ourselves, because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

But, I also wish to report, that there is good news.

I am pleased to announce this evening, that I have appointed the COVID-19 Vaccine National Consultative Committee.

The primary purpose of the Committee, is to advise the Ministry of Health, in support of the National COVID-19 Vaccination Plan.

This Committee, is chaired by Dr.  Merceline Dahl-Regis, OD, CMG, and is made up of public health experts, and representatives of various sectors, including, religious and community leaders.

Government officials, will report at the appropriate time, on the roll out of a vaccine in The Bahamas.
My Fellow Bahamians:

2020, was one of the most difficult years in living memory.

The global pandemic, has killed nearly two million people, and made millions of others seriously ill, some with severe, and long-term consequences.
COVID, devastated economies.

It kept us away from our loved ones...TO  CONTINUE SEE ATTACHED



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